So Says Sophocles?
by Helga Ross
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
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Wherein lies the tragedy...?
Sophocles, wise one, still the truth we seek,
so we learn, we hope, from Oedipus Rex,
a masterpiece that's a complex critique,
among themes: hybris*, hamartia*, and hex;
that weighs the belief Free Will bows to Fate,
and trying to dodge attracts tragedy;
"What's the point?" means we license what we hate,
and leave loved ones at risk, as remedy.
Oh! And who would not? The sane? He's to blame?
If so, then blame a fish it's not a bird;
Or--pride, premeditation's not his shame--
Unjust designs of careless gods occurred.
But, even so, to try--to know--to not--
Destiny would be met, unseen, begot!
© Helga Ross 2004, 2007
* Hybris - "hubris" Greek variant
* Hamartia - "tragic flaw" Greek variant
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|Reviewed by David Arthur Walters
|Sometimes the depth of the criticism outplumbs the profundity of the author criticized. As for Sophocles, I prefer Euripedes.|
|Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero
|Great piece, Helga -- love your way to incorporate the classics here. This is really super.
|Reviewed by ya mama (Reader)
|great sonnet. love the greek references.|
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|I agree with Joseph,how you integrate such info into sonnet form is amazing!You are the Sonnet Queen!;-)|
|Reviewed by ***** ********* (Reader)
|Helga, this is a marvellous classical write, a sonnet of academic sophistication and lyricism!|
|Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader)
|Excellent is this one helga love the choice of art.
|Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader)
|This is so well written!|
|Reviewed by Leland Waldrip
|Outstanding, Helga! A classical view here, with depth of field. Enjoyed very much. One question (that may reveal my ignorance, if such needs still be): hybris? or hubris?