WHEN the hounds of spring are on winter’s traces,. The mother of months in meadow or plain. Fills the shadows and windy places. With lisp of leaves and ripple. Abstract. Algernon Charles Swinburne’s Atalanta in Calydon () is the finest example of Victorian ‘Greek’ tragedy, a genre of English poetry. 69] This story is used by Swinburne in “Itylus.” Returning to Thrace, King Tereus, husband of Procne, ravished her sister Philomela and cut out her tongue.

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Who then sought to thee? Bring me before the queen and I will speak. Thou shouldst not so have been born: This tendency to describe the verse of Atalanta in Calydon through metaphors of physical sensation is not unique to Saintsbury. Hast thou taken the purple to fold thee, and made thy mouth sweet?

If he was intending to write a play why did he ignore so many of his contemporaries and fill his works with so little action and such long monologues? What mutterest thou with thine ambiguous mouth?

Atalanta in Calydon

What do ye singing? Is a bride so fair?

But loves not laws thrown down and lives awry. But At,anta is the name of her; and his name is Death. For my lips bite not sharper than mine hands. Retrieved from ” https: In the Sculpture Galleries of the British Museum The gods, in the end, have been tamed by song.

There are a few more examples in the tragic corpus of the hexameter line as part of an elegiac couplet, but this is the only extant example of atlamta hexameter as a colon in itself. This page was last edited on 6 Juneat What ailed thee then to be born?


We may think at at,anta that old verses are remembered and new ones made. Approaching the text through phenomenology — that is, the study of subjective experience of sense-perception — we can enter a netherworld between dead Greek and living English.

Did he know who he was writing it for?

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Shall my life be for ever: They are strong, they are strong; I am broken, and these prevail. Was he writing this for scholars? Words do not float around in an airy realm unconnected to reality but are themselves a part of the reality of subjective experience, material things with the power to torture and maim, as Atalanta threateningly reminds us: What ails thee to be jealous of their ways?

Fire in the roofs, and on the lintels fire. But Artemis, having at the first stirred up these tribes to war against Oeneus king of Calydon, because he had offered sacrifice to all the gods saving her alone, but her he had forgotten to honour, was yet more wroth because of the destruction of this army, and sent upon the land of Calydon a wild boar which slew many and wasted all their increase, but him could none slay, and many went against him and perished.

I would like to thank Dr Kilbride for sharing chapters of her unpublished PhD dissertation with me, whose meticulous analysis of Swinburne’s style served as one of the key inspirations for my work. Which deed of these twain were not good to praise? The final scenes of Atalantawhich Swinburne wrote first, engage most closely with the point where reason breaks down inside the sublime experience.


Compare Kilbride’s reading of the kommos Poems inspired by Titian: The pain of words. I am fire, and burn myself, calyson clear of fire.

Whence art thou sent from us? And gall for milk, and cursing for a prayer?

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Well fare the spear that severed him and life. Can one translate to another? Hard by the quarry, where they breathe, O queen. Before the play Swinburne writes a text, billed “The Argument”: But in the context of the blank verse which surrounds these lines, they sound like a brief outburst, a rip in the fabric of prosaic reality. Just as frequently the verse refuses to conform to the tendency towards a blank verse rhythm, as in the first two lines: Atlantz hath given man speech?

In its portentous moods, emotional violence, and above all its metrical range and virtuosity, the play recalls the sensations ccalydon Attic drama.

No man doth well but God hath part in him. The song is structured as jn call and response between Meleager and the chorus of Calydonian women, set in a unique lyric stanza: