Leda and the swan…..

DSCN0339A mythic collagraph…..Leda who was much admired by Zeus was seduced by him in the guise of a black swan. His act was to  fall into her arms for protection from a pursuing eagle. Their consummation, on the same night as Leda lay with her husband Tyndareus, resulted in two eggs from which hatched Helen (later known as the beautiful “Helen of Troy”), Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux (also known as the Discouri).

William Butler Yeats’ poem “Leda and the Swan.”

    A sudden blow: the great wings beating still
    Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed
    By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill,
    He holds her helpless breast upon his breast.

    How can those terrified vague fingers push
    The feathered glory from her loosening thighs?
    And how can body, laid in that white rush,
    But feel the strange heart beating where it lies?

    A shudder in the loins engenders there
    The broken wall, the burning roof and tower
    And Agamemnon dead.

                        Being so caught up,

    So mastered by the brute blood of the air,
    Did she put on his knowledge with his power
    Before the indifferent beak could let her drop?
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Linda Hill
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One Response to Leda and the swan…..

  1. womgdesigns says:

    Reblogged this on womgdesigns and commented:
    Mythic Collagraph

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