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Fans of Achilles, Hector & the Heroes of the Iliad
I've just realised that, except for the introductory post, I haven't actually posted here yet! So, I thought I'd post a poem I came across the other day... I also have a post about Odysseus to make at some point but knowing me, it'll take me a while to get together everything I want to say!
There was a Helen before there was a war;
but who remembers her? O grandam, you, you, you,
with faded hair - you answer, you descend,
ascend, from where? it was all over,
I was wrapped in a tight shroud,
but you appear; the death-bands fall away;
you have come gradam, no toothless grin,
no corbeau sur un crane;
'remember,' you say, 'Helen, remember?'
and it is yesterday and the sea wind flutters my veil,
and my brothers stand side by side,
and my sister weaves the blossom for my hair -
laughter? How we laughed together,
I had forgotten - there was always stern command
or fear or loss with the others,
or treachery or guilt or subterfuge;
Odysseus had gone and my sister was to marry
or had married Agamemnon,
and 'this is no great affair,' she confided,
'only laughter, laughter,'
and Menelaus by the altar, whispering
no stinging, honey sigh, but
'it's alright, it's no great matter,
this will all soon be over.'
-Hermetic Definition,, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle