Then finally the bomb has been dropped. Theme:Although at first it seems that the theme of the poem is that the siren wish to escape the seeming beauty yet monotony and treachery of their her life, after reading the poem closer, the reader can tell that was not the actual intent of Atwood. There is an unclear number on how many sirens where there in a given time. In The Aeneid, Aeneas has his own version of what the underworld is. In the Lord of the Rings the… 1652 Words 7 Pages The Sweet Song of Dante Alighieri's Siren Among the various tools Dante Alighieri employs in the Commedia, his grand imaginative interpretation of life after death, scenes involving figures and beasts from classical mythology provide the reader with allegories and exempla effectively linking universal human themes with Christian thought and ideology. That, or a bleary hopeless love.
In the poem, the siren cleverly plays on the weaknesses of men in order to have power over them. The speech here is all warty gutturals, obvious as a slab of ham, but I come from the province of the gods where meanings are lilting and oblique. I keep the beat, and dance for them because they can't. Only you, only you can, You are unique. Can I tell you a secret, if I do will you let me out of the bird suit? The way the poem is set up makes this simple plot a very cunning and powerful ideal, an ideal that is seen in many different aspects of life. This is significant also because Atwood wanted to the poem to be easy to comprehend for the readers. No one knows me or understands me -apart from you.
With every poem written, Atwood's… 552 Words 3 Pages The Role of the Sirens in Odyssey The Sirens in the Odyssey represent more than just a maritime danger to the passing ship. This poem refers to greek mythology. Wait—you mean we're not all that and a bag of chips? After the man gathers the supplies and put on some clothes, he brought his family down to the cellar, took cover, waited for the explosion to come, and hopes they survive that. In the first three stanzas, the Siren introduces and briskly elaborates on her tempting song. The true purpose for writing the poem is to discuss a song that tricks men into listening to it, so they will eventually be murdered.
Once the men are listening to the song, they are murdered. Only you, only you can, you are unique at last. The You is, on an obvious level, the man, the person being seduced. The poem also contains basic sentences instead of long paragraphs. I move my hips a little, feeling the full red skirt sway around me. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.
The title clearly gives away the surface meaning of the poem: it's about a siren. A subconscious bond is often made when a poem uses these techniques well. Nevertheless, at the end of the poem we realize that we were fooled by the song ourselves, because we too were lured by the prospect of having the upper hand in something. Therefore, it can be seen that the theme is actually that everyone will always fall for a cry for help. Although these two poems were written about the same subject, they are still different. Both Penelope and Odysseus show the importance of memory throughout The Odyssey of homer over and over again. The speaker of this poem is a mythical creature, a Siren, who addresses us, the audience, when she speaks of the victims whom she lured through the enticing song she sings.
It illustrates a voyage epic of an ancient Greek hero who shows perseverance to return home to his family despite many trials. I repeat my former name, remind myself of what I once could do, how others saw me. The bird suit that Atwood refers to symbolizes the woman singing in the form of a bird. Most people know the story of Odysseus and his crew being lured to their deaths by the songs of three beautiful Sirens. The song is a cry for help. In addition, the tones that the poets used were different.
All of these phrases, no matter how ridiculously sounding they may be, are used by the speaker to sway the mariner into falling into her trap. Stanzas 3-6 The narrator of the poem is revealed to be one of the three sirens, one of the only three beings on earth to understand this powerful song. Among these, the figure of the Siren, found in Canto 19 of the Purgatorio, exists as a particularly sinister and moribund image. Spenard period: E Biography The Canadian award-winning writer, Margaret Eleanor Atwood was born on November 18, 1939 in Ottawa, Canada. The song seems to be a cry for help and show how unhappy the women are but really its just a trick.
However, after analyzing the poem, it became evident that the poem was actually the siren's song. One weakness is the desire to feel like they have something that no one else has; they want to feel special. This song is a cry for help: Help me! And minimum wage, and varicose veins, just standing in one place for eight hours behind a glass counter bundled up to the neck, instead of naked as a meat sandwich. The next image in the poem is a bird suit. In her opinion, do relationships based merely on love and care even exist? The poets' opposing uses of imagery illustrated the sirens differently. English and French are the two main languages spoken there.
Atwood frequently uses mythology to question stereotypes and ways of thinking, and she does that in this poem too. Seeing the rows of heads and upturned eyes, imploring but ready to snap at my ankles, I understand floods and earthquakes, and the urge to step on ants. Almost every poem deals with this tension in some form. From reading the poem, the words are easy to understand and easy to imagine what the words mean. Shall I tell you the secret and if I do, will you get me out of this bird suit? Initial Reaction: When first reading this poem, I believed it to be the sad story of a siren.
Was it simply fate, or was their survival predetermined by their beliefs? The second way is that the song manipulates the men into believing that they are going to learn a secret that nobody else knows. Alas it is a boring song but it works every time. She didn't like her life as a creature who lures sailors to their death with her beautiful song. Deception is the theme because the siren song tricks men into listening to the song. A siren is a two-headed mermaid that sings a song to lure in the men, mostly sailors, to their fate. What does her deception tell us about our assumptions regarding predator and prey? Ultimately the men would be jumping to their death because the sirens would eat them when they reached the island. In her novel Cat's Eye, Margaret Atwood chronicles the life of artist Elaine Risley, and through a series of flashbacks shows the reader how she became her adult self.