In Oedipus by Seneca the Younger, the first singing of the chorus, which mainly describes the plague that has settled in Thebes, includes the line, "Phlegethon has changed his course and mingled Styx with Theban streams." While this is not essential to the plot of the play, the line figuratively serves to suggest Death has become physically present in Thebes. The line also reveals the common preoccupation with death and magic found in Roman tragedy. Also, it is a river traveled upon by the Incarnation of War, named Mym, in the Piers Anthony novel Wielding a Red Sword. When Mym is lured into Hell, he decides to incite rebellion against the forces of Satan and uses four of the five major waterways of Hell, among which are the River Lethe, the Archeron, the River Kyoktys, and the River Styx.
The Sunday Poem Every Week Ruth Padel Discusses a Contemporary Poet through an Example of Their Work. No 28 U A Fanthorpe
Jun 20, 1999; Seventy this year, and every collection a best-seller (well, for poetry). She worked as a hospital clerk. Blending compassionate...