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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Orpheus & Eurydice

Eurydice & Orpheus
Eurydice in her efforts to escape the satyr;
fell into a nest of vipers; suffered serpent bite,
Her body was discovered by Orpheus who played;
mournful songs when he saw her turning white.

All the Gods and Nymphs wept at his songs;
and they advised Orpheus to travel the underworld,
his music softened the hearts of Hades& Persephone;
who allowed Eurydice to return with him to upper world.

They kept a condition: he should walk in front of her;
and not look back until they both had reached the earth,
Orpheus accepted the condition and made his way;
Eurydice followed him, and continued to the girth.

In anxiety Orpheus turned back before they reached;
forgetting that both needed to be in the upper world,
Eurydice vanished and never came back;
Orpheus cried as he left her in the underworld.

At the end of his life, he disdained the worship of Gods;
A morning he went to the oracle to salute his God at dawn,
he was ripped to pieces by Maenads for not honoring Gods;
A woman killed him and his songs still played on and on.

Helicon sank underground when the women who killed Orpheus;
Orpheus Head on his Lyre
tried to wash her blood-stained hands in its waters,
After the death of Eurydice few threw sticks & stones at him;
music was so soulful, rocks & branches refused to be attackers.

His head and lyre, still singing mournful songs;
Lyre was carried to heaven by the Muses; placed among stars,
The Muses gathered up fragments of his body and buried them;
the Nightingale sang over his grave and ended love wars.

After river Sys flooded, his soul returned to the underworld;
where he was reunited at last with his beloved Eurydice,
but Eurydice was dead, and this grieved him so much that;
Orpheus committed suicide from his grief unable to find Eurydice.

~Shreya ♥
P.S. My creation, please do not copy!!
P.P.S. Poem is based on Orpheus & Eurydice, according to Greek mythology.

25 comments:

  1. I am into mythology as well but the way you put it up there is great.

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  2. A lovely peep into Greek Mythology in your poetic words with lovely images!

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  3. your blog is enchanting! Effect of Orpheus' music?
    -'ELLE'

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  4. Shreya,

    Totally engrossing till end.

    Take care

    PS : The little birdie comes and sits on lines at time which are yet to be read thus blocking some words. Please train him to be careful. Thanks

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  5. wow,lovely poem with a story...and heavy on vocabulary,had to really concentrate to grasp.seems like reading about a old mythology!greek?

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  6. ops,didn't read last line,you had mentioned it.I was right:)

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  7. God help me....what I write is child's play in comparison to this..exquisite.

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  8. @Izdiher: :)

    @Miss Lego: Thanks :)

    @quartertoinsane: Thanks :)

    @Rahul Sir: :D Thanks :)

    @Anshul: Thanks :)

    @Autumn: That was a nice comment, yea may be Orpheus' effect ;)

    @Jack Sir: Thanks, oops that bird loves being there where our eyes roll to read. :O

    @Janu: Thanks :) xx

    @Rohit: Thanks, yea you are right everything of this post is related to Greek mythology. :)

    @Alpana: Oh thanks, this comment is more than enough for me. You are a great writer, glad to get this comment from you. :D

    @Sm: Thanks :)

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  9. Shreya ~ you are AMAZING! You wrote an entire story (based on a true story) and included all those rhymes! It is so beautiful and my eyes were drawn to the first image like a magnet! I do enjoy art such as that and Greek mythology!

    Much time and effort has been invested in this post. I see this on a regular basis from you and just wanted you to know how much I appreciate that and YOU, of course :D

    FANTASTIC post! :-) x0x

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  10. This creation deserves an applaud! Its a spectacular piece ...Well done!!

    Love
    Mani

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  11. fantastic... story in ryhmes :) i was thinking about shreya goshal and then i read this :)

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  12. @Fiona: Thanks for this lovely comment, yea it took deep thoughts but writing is all about thoughts. Its a work I love to do. :) xx

    @Mani: Thanks a tonne :) xx

    @Muhammad Israr: Oh Shreya Ghoshal! :O

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  13. It's so interesting to study the Greek Mythology! :)
    Missed your writing :D

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  14. So deep. Great post.

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  15. CHeck out my blog...an award is waiting for you..

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  16. @Philo: Thanks, missed yours as well :O :D

    @Evanna: Thanks :)

    @Rahul: Okay, thanks :) :D

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  17. Shreya
    A mythological story conveyed so creatively in exquisite verse. Simply Superb !

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  18. @Kalai: Thanks :) xx

    @R.Ramakrishnan: Thanks for your lovely words sir. :)

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  19. I'm smiling in reminiscence! I had read this story long ago in my school book, 'Insights'. I loved it then and I loved it now! just a warm thanks Shreya for writing this.

    I'm surely gonna read it again! :D

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