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pythoness

priestess of Apollo, the Delphic Oracle, endowed with prophetic powers. [Gk. Hist.: Collier’s, VII, 682]
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Raine's many volumes of poems include The Pythoness (1949), The Hollow Hill (1965), The Lost Country (1971), On a Deserted Shore(1973), The Oval Portrait (1977), The Oracle in the Heart, and Other Poems, 1975-1978 (1980), Collected Poems, 1935-1980 (1981), The Presence: Poems 1984-87 (1987), Autobiographies (1991), and Living with Mystery (1992).
It was the priests of Apollo who, like latter-day psychomusicometricians, stood apart watching the Pythoness in her trance: it was they who pretended to make sense of her protocol report of her experience.
Aytoun's portrayal of the poet as an oracularly raving Pythoness "'foaming at the mouth, her eyes goggling, her breasts heaving, her voice indistinguishable and shrill.