May 23, 09
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.