Antigone

The buried voice bespake Antigone.

'O sister! couldst thou know, as thou wilt know,
The bliss above, the reverence below,

by George Meredith Click to read full poem

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measureless immensity, well penned the whole poem
George Meredith was influenced by the works of John Keats and Lord Tennyson.
If the first part of the poem is a call from her dead brother, the second part is a comparison between the humble, human condition of a king and the greatness of the divinity. For this purpose, the poet used the mountain. 'That stoops from heaven to garment earth, Can speak to any human soul'
In the poem of George Meredith, Antigone is empowered by death. Some expressions are relevant, for example ' thy sacrifice for me', 'Sleep, Sister! for Elysium's dawning birth'(the dead bother talked to her) , 'will dower thee with Elysian breath', 'spirits wait for thee'.
Therefore, Antigone hanged herself and she was followed in death by Hæmon, her fiancé, and by Eurydice, the mother of Hæmon. In the Aristotelian perception, their life was a tragedy because people couldn't fight against their fate which was predetermined by a supernatural power.
Antigone was that woman who dared to break the law of a king named Creon while trying to explain the superiority of the divine law regarding the burial of her brother, Polynices. Even she was his son's fiancée, Creon locked her in a tomb.
O Sister! in the sweetness of thy prime, Thy hand has plucked the bitter flower of death; - - ] we all are born to die but how we resent it when a loved one dies so early- -we feel robbed. Robbed of more memories. A poem of interest that is for sure
A beautifully composed elegy like poem by the poet for his sister's demise goes on like free flowing river quite touching while reading it!
Beautifully inscribed about the human soul. Great write.
So noble, beautiful dedication to his sister, taken by supreme will in the sweetness of her prime when all was dared for love and piety!
Size sublime! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.