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The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes by Seamus Heaney
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“Now it’s high watermark
and floodtide in the heart
and time to go.
The sea-nymphs in the spray
will be the chorus now.
What’s left to say?

Suspect too much sweet-talk
but never close your mind.
It was a fortunate wind
that blew me here. I leave
half-ready to believe
that a crippled trust might walk

and the half-true rhyme is love.”
Seamus Heaney, The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes
“Believe that a further shore is reachable from here.”
Seamus Heaney, The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes
“Human beings suffer.
They torture one another
They get hurt and they get hard.
No poem or play or song
Can fully right a wrong
Inflicted and endured.

History says, Don't hope
On this side of the grave,
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up
And hope and history rhyme.

So hope for a great sea-change
On the far side of revenge.
Believe that a farther shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles
And cures and healing wells.

Call miracle self-healing,
The utter self-revealing
Double-take of feeling.
If there's fire on the mountain
And lightening and storm
And a god speaks from the sky

That means someone is hearing
The outcry and the birth-cry
Of new life at its term.
It means once in a lifetime
That justice can rise up
And hope and history rhyme.”
Seamus Heaney, The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes
“People so staunch and true, they're fixated,
Shining with self-regard like polished stones.
And their whole life spent admiring themselves
For their own long-suffering.
Licking their wounds
And flashing them around like decorations.
I hate it, I always hated it, and I am
A part of it myself.”
Seamus Heaney, The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes
“History says, Don't hope
On this side of the grave,
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up
And hope and history rhyme.”
Seamus Heaney, The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes
“History says, Don't hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme.”
Seamus Heaney, The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes
“And hope and history rhyme.”
Seamus Heaney, The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes