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Legend of Philomela

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Annette Almonte

on 7 November 2012

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Transcript of Legend of Philomela

Ovid's "Tereus and Philomela" "Amazed, he looked around and called his son again: --that instant, Philomela sprang forth--her hair disordered, and all stained with blood of murder, unable then to speak, she hurled the head of Itys in his father's fear-struck face..." Philomela Philomela and Procne Chaucer's "Legend of Philomela" "She hadde ywoven in a stamyn large
How she was brought from Athenes in a barge,
And in a cave how that she was brought;
And al the thyn that Tereus hath wrought;
She waf it wel, and wrot the storye above,
How she was served for hire systers love." Chaucer's Ending "Hire dombe sister sittynge hath she founde,
Wepynge in the caster, here alone.
Allas! The wo, the compleynt, and the mone
That Progne upon hire doumbe syster maketh.
In armes everych of hem other taketh,
And thus I late hem in here sorwe dwelle." Chaucer's version v. Ovid's version Chaucer's Philomela is portrayed as a "good" woman
Suffers in silence
Ends up running away with her sister
Simpler tale
Ovid's Philomela is more relatable
Experiences anger
Gets revenge before running away with her sister
More violent/explicit tale Ovid's Ending "Fleeing from him, they seemed to rise on wings, and it was true, for they had changed to birds. Then Philomela, flitting to the woods, found refuge in the leaves: but Procne flew straight to the sheltering gables of a roof--and always, if you look you can observe the brand of murder on the swallow's breast [...] Tereus [...] himself is turned into a crested bird." Modern Interpretation of Chaucer's Philomela 16 Century Interpretation of Ovid's Philomela th
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