zondag 18 oktober 2009

Leda II

Eén van de honderden illustraties in het boek “ Hypnerotomachia Poliphili” uit 1499 toont Leda en de zwaan terwijl ze seks hebben boven op een kar onder het oog van publiek langs de kant.

3 opmerkingen:

Yeats zei

“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.

Yeats zei

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?

Yeats zei

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? “