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Tales from Ovid by Ovid
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Apr 20, 2009

really liked it
Read in May, 2009

These tales of metamorphosis are profoundly disturbing and Hughes' language is vivid. I made the mistake of reading the story of Erysichthon after eating a chocolate sundae, right before I fell asleep:

But none of it was enough. Whatever he ate
Maddened and tormented that hunger
To angrier, uglier life. The life

Of a monster no longer a man. And so,
At last, the inevitable.
He began to savage his own limbs.
And there, at a final feast, devoured himself.

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