Samson Hewitt

Poems from the heart

Antigone, ll. 499-508 (Robert Fagles trans.)

Of course I did. It wasn’t Zeus, not in the least, Who made this proclamation—not to me. Nor did that Justice, dwelling with the gods Beneath the earth, ordain such laws for men. Nor did I think your edict had such force That you, a mere mortal, could override the gods, The great, unwritten, unshakeable traditions. They are alive, not just today or yesterday: They live forever, from the first of time, And no one knows when they first saw the light. Antigone to Kleon ...
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The first chill has come; Every breathe he takes is a moment of pain. ...
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