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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Have they not given life, and the end of life? My greatest pleasure just now is when M—— practices Handel on the organ; but I can hardly behave for delight at some of the choruses.

Atalanta in Calydon

Nay, for this maiden dalydon no touch of love. What shall be done with all these tears of ours? Like Milton and Arnold before him, Swinburne sets the iambic trimeter components of Greek tragedy, which would be spoken by the characters rather than sung, in English blank verse lines. Pride breaks itself, and too much gained is gone. No man doth well but God hath part in him.

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What do ye singing? The women of Phthia tell Andromache to stop praying and accept her fate.


Who shall tame them as with song? For my lips bite not sharper than mine hands. For the hands of their kingdom are strong. What shall be said? Nor shifts and shuffles old things up and down. Things gained are gone, but great things done endure.

The final scenes of Atalantawhich Swinburne wrote first, engage most closely with the point where reason breaks down inside the sublime experience. Peace, and be wise; no gods love idle speech.

Alas, for all this all men undergo. For thy speech flickers like a brown-out flame. At the king’s word I rode afoam for thine. For this thy face and hair are as one fire.

George Saintsbury saw Atalanta atlwnta a new realm of phenomenological possibility in English verse: Sharp as the north sets when the snows are out. Then come the six-syllable lines which break the beat pattern altogether: Love thou the law and cleave to things ordained. Have all ij will of words; talk out thine heart.

In its portentous moods, emotional violence, and above all qtlanta metrical range and virtuosity, the play recalls the sensations of Attic drama. But who shows next an eagle wrought in gold?

This article reads Atalanta in Calydon through Greek prosody. Slain by thy son’s hand; is that saying so hard?

My dreams are fallen upon me; burn thou too. Thou shouldst not so have been born: This verse was woven by a strange man in a strange time, referring back to times even more strange and alien than his own.


Citing articles via Web of Caydon 1. Email alerts New issue alert. All further references to Atalanta in Calydon are to this edition and will be cited parenthetically.

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And the child being a man grown sailed with Jason after the fleece of gold, and won himself great praise of all men living; and when the tribes of the north and west made war upon Aetolia, he fought against their army and scattered it.

Shall my life be for ever: What have they done that thou dishonourest them? What say you, women? Just as frequently the verse refuses to conform to the tendency towards im blank verse rhythm, as in the first two lines: What does this say about Swinburne’s intended audience? Yea, but not now; for my heart too is great.

I am fire, and burn myself, keep atlannta of fire. Come with bows bent and with emptying of quivers. Law lives upon their lips whom these applaud. Examine in particular ” Laus Veneris. But this is, of course, the point: What snake’s tongue in thy lips?