Δευτέρα, 1 Φεβρουαρίου 2010

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?

WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS (1865-1939)

Vocabulary:
Staggering: Causing great astonishment
Nape: The back of the neck
Shudder: To shiver convulsively, as from fear or revulsion
Loin: The part of the body between the ribs and hips
Beak: informal term for the nose


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