, the seasons, the vintage, and, finally, the garden of Dionysophanes, which contains paintings on Dionysiac themes.
When the Maenads
tear Orpheus limb from limb, they throw his head out into the river.
can also be seen, like the warrior-maidens of Artemis, to be dangerously transgressive figures.
Orpheus: the maenads
who will come to bite your cock in half.
26) Yopie Prins, "Greek Maenads
, Victorian Spinsters," Victorian Sexual Dissidence.
Delft's pale provincial light will spread 'like ink or oil' over a map of the globe, but that centrifugal spillage is opposed by the imagined chaos of Maenads
who come to smash crockery 'with fire and sword', thus visiting back upon that domestic tidiness the violence and contamination it abjects.
, the priestesses of Dionysus, were the ones who tore Orpheus limb from limb--Orpheus, the Greek paragon of the poet, whose verse could make rocks weep and beasts lie down at his feet.
The women dance freely, their coiled hair reminiscent of the dancing maenads
that appear in other Michael Field poems.
Some say the Maenads
destroyed him, taking revenge,
What was his impious sin, That the Maenads
have ceased from pursuing Cattle, with leaps and din, To compass him round, On woodland ground, With cords and faces dire,-- Cords fastened with strain, Faces hate-stretched?
The powerful, dramatic scenes that characterize him involve women and death--they are with Eurydice and the Maenads
Hither the sound has borne us--to the realm Of Demogorgon, and the mighty portal, Like a Volcano's meteor-breathing chasm, Whence the oracular vapor is hurled up Which lonely men drink wandering in their youth And call truth, virtue, love, genius or joy-- That maddening wine of life, whose dregs they drain To deep intoxication, and uplift Like Maenads
who cry loud, Evoe