Tuesday, April 11, 2017

OTI:one poem and notes:4/11/17

Open To Interpretation
Have you come
To sing to me, Orpheus?
To commensurate,
Though I have nothing to compare,
Only my quick lightning end
At Zeus's hand.
If you can,
Serenade the Eagle to leave off,
And awhile we can talk.
Orpheus sings. The Eagle perches, listens, falls asleep.
I gave them Fire,
And much else.
I gave them Song.
More than I.
Zeus would end them?
Once living,
That can't be done,
So Zeus is bound
And has but hell and suffering
To wield. 
Now, just so,
Shade bound I am,
A commoner of Hades,
One of Life's eternal echoes.
Yes, they remember us and...
Orpheus and Prometheus speak together smiling.
Reach them Orpheus,
Find a way,
And with their Genius
My chains flay
Rather than that Eagle
My every day.
Notes: Zeus, in some accounts, or maybe just one, kills Orpheus with a lightning bolt for bringing music to humanity, (I'm guessing, and making this up!, sorta :), for the same reason he chained up Prometheus and had an eagle eat Prometheus' liver everyday--at night, the wound, and liver, would heal and re-grow...brb...wiki sources this version of Orpheus's death to this author, and it's somewhere in his book...
Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (Greek: Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων) is a biography of the Greek philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius, written in Greek, perhaps in the first half of the third century AD.
hmmph...Game of Thrones is beyond...
Others are less certain of a specific setting, however. For example, Jonathan Bate has pointed out that the play begins with Titus returning from a successful ten-year campaign against the Goths, as if at the height of the Roman Empire, but ends with Goths invading Rome, as if at its death.[6] Similarly, T. J. B. Spencer argues that "the play does not assume a political situation known to Roman history; it is, rather a summary of Roman politics. It is not so much that any particular set of political institutions is assumed in Titus, but rather that it includes all the political institutions that Rome ever had."[7]
Titus' setting?...Westeros amd Essos...and the Game of Throne's lifts from Titus, after noting them myself, I find much noted on the web!

How Shakespeare Explains Game of Thrones

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