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		Front Matter
		The Oedipus of Seneca [pp. 324-371]
		Rilke's Birth of Venus [pp. 372-391]
		Death and the Mysteries [p. 392-392]
			Introduction [pp. 395-399]
			Review: Homer [pp. 400-408]
			Review: Herodotus and Thucydides [pp. 409-416]
			Review: Greek Tragedy [pp. 416-422]
			Review: Aristophanes [pp. 422-426]
			Review: Plato and Aristotle [pp. 426-434]
			Review: Roman Comedy [pp. 434-441]
			Review: Roman Epic [pp. 441-453]
			Review: Catullus [pp. 453-465]
			Review: Horace [pp. 466-472]
			Review: Roman History [pp. 472-477]
			Review: Propertius and Juvenal [pp. 477-486]
			Review: Seneca's Tragedies [pp. 487-490]
		A Better Tradition [pp. 491-500]
			Seneca or Scenario? [pp. 501-511]
			Aeschylus at the Billy Rose [pp. 512-514]
			Notes toward a Department of Literature: A Reply to D. S. Carne-Ross [pp. 515-521]
		Back Matter
                        
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The Oedipus of Seneca
Author(s): Ted Hughes
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Source: Arion, Vol. 7, No. 3 (Autumn, 1968), pp. 324-371
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OEDIPUS copyright ? 1969 by Ted Hughes

ARION, VOL. 7, NO. 3

Copyright ? 1969 by arion

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Ted Hughes 345

LET IT CLIMB UP
LET IT CLIMB UP
LET IT CLIMB
LET IT LIVE
OPEN THE GATE
OPEN THE GATE
LET IT LIVE
TEAR THE BLOOD
OPEN ITS MOUTH
LET IT CRY

WHILE THE WIND
CROSSES THE STONES
WHILE THE STARS TURN
WHILE THE MOON TURNS
WHILE THE SEA TURNS

WHILE THE SUN STANDS AT THE DOORWAY

YOU YOU YOU
YOU UNDER THE YOU UNDER THE
YOU UNDER THE LEAF
YOU UNDER THE STONE
YOU UNDERBLOOD UNDERTHESEA
YOU UNDER THE EARTH

(2 times)

UNDER THE LEAF
UNDERTHE STONE
UNDER BLOOD
UNDER THE SEA
UNDER THE EARTH

(repeat)

YOU
YOU

YOU
YOU

YOU
YOU

YOU
YOU

UNDER BLOOD
UNDER THE EARTH

YOU

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346 THE OEDIPUS OF SENECA

ACT THREE

OEDIPUS

in your face Creon I see only horror whose life do
the gods demand from

us this whole dying city is

waiting to hear you

CREON

you want me to speak fear forbids
me to speak

OEDIPUS

when Thebes is down this royal house your own house is
down I command you to speak

CREON

you command me to speak you will pray you were deaf

OEDIPUS

ignorance cures nothing this whole nation is sick

speak you
can cure it

CREON

the cure can be so drastic men prefer the sickness

OEDIPUS

when torture has crushed you will you fear the anger
of the crown when will you speak

CREON

crowns have been crushed by the words of the tortured

OEDIPUS

you shall go back to the underworld in your own

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Renata
Realce

Renata
Realce

Renata
Nota
sententiae na boca de Creonte

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370 THE OEDIPUS OF SENECA

JOCASTA

nothing in
me moves can I not feel I shared the wrong

how do I share
the punishment it's

me I'm at the root of it I am the
root my

godless blood the dark twisted root your womb raving
darkness

swallowing all order and distinction
so die let out this

hell that
lives in you nothing would be enough to punish

it if god
smashed his

whole universe onto me it wouldn't be enough
a mother

a morass

all I want is death find it

you killed your father finish it the same hand your mother
finish it
is this the sword that killed him is this it that killed my

husband
and my husband's father with a single stab where shall I

have the second
stab this point under my breast or this long edge

across

my throat
don't you know the place it's here this the place the

gods hate
where everything began the

son the husband up here

CHORUS

look her hand slackens from the sword the whelm of
blood

squeezes the sword out

OEDEPUS

you god of the oracle you deceived me lied to me it has not
turned out

as you said only my father's death
was

required it
was

enough it has
been doubled and the blame has been doubled my mother

is dead and her
death comes from me both my father and my mother are

dead by my fate

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Ted Hughes 371

it is more than I was promised
I am content

now go the dark road quickly quickly begin do not
stumble on the

body of your mother

you people of Thebes
crushed with the disease your spirits

broken

look I am going away I
am

taking my
curse off you

look up you can

hope again
now now you will see your sky alter your

sun

alter your grass
and your air everything will change

now

all you stretched out hoping only for death your faces pressed
to your graves

look up if you can move at all now you can breathe
suck in the new

air it will cure all the sickness go and bury your dead
now without

fear because the contagion is leaving your land I
am

taking
it with me

I am taking it away
fate remorseless my enemy you are the friend I

choose come with me

pestilence ulcerous agony blasting consumption plague
terror

plague blackness despair welcome
come with me

you are my guides
lead me

( The chorus celebrate the departure of oedipus with
a dance )

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