He is dead and in his grave. A prose-poetry version, faithful but dated in diction. Chorus Then the years came and found you, my King and now they condemn this unholy marriage from which you were born and in which you gave birth. Let your untamed arrows leave their golden bow and you, too Artemis come with your burning torches. And stay well away from me! I wish I had never met you because my heart cries bitter tears for you.
It is he who has that right, not you! These petty squabbles of yours can bring about large and bitter consequences. No, Apollo will take care of that. What are these other things? What words should I utter to him? Among the most celebrated plays of ancient Athens, Oedipus the King is one of seven surviving dramas by the great Greek playwright, Sophocles, now available from Harper Perennial in a vivid and dynamic new translation by award-winning poet Robert Bagg. Creon He was murdered and it is those murderers whom Apollo now demands to have punished. Save this city and yourself. Still, Oedipus worries about fulfilling the prophecy with his mother, Merope, a concern Jocasta dismisses.
Oedipus But I will agree on this, on one condition only and… do you know what that is? For a moment, Oedipus takes upon himself the role of a god—a role the Chorus has been both reluctant and eager to allow him see 39—43. And if I could somehow block my ears and kill my hearing, I would not hold back. But he will prove to be a native Theban. See now in what monstrous storm of misfortune he has fallen. Athena the goddess of wisdom, skills, and warfare. There is plenty of kneeling and lamenting and deep sighing going on there as well, my lord! Why did you accept me? Rushing into the palace, Oedipus finds that the queen has killed herself.
Besides, before our child was three days old, Laius pinned his ankles tight together and ordered other men to throw him out on a mountain rock where no one ever goes. Am I not a vile sacrilege? The best stock of men in the world! O king, Regard it not. How I wish I had never met you! Herald And, at the same time, your saviour, my boy! She is your sister and it is proper that you should do so in the manner you wish. With Reverso you can find the English translation, definition or synonym for Oedipus the king and thousands of other words. To who else could I possibly disclose such a Fate? Oedipus But the gods hate me!. Where editions without commentaries are concerned, the most commonly used is , although its text is far from definitive and contains many decisions that have not found favor. But who is the man, the one who with his blood-red hands has done unspeakable brutality? The text may be used free of performance royalties if the translator is acknowledged.
Where do you think you will hide their consequence? Well, then let me first speak on the matter before you judge me one! You have come, but seem distressed. It is for your own good I am giving you this advice! I shall send for the shepherd now. Cast it out of your mind. Oedipus Wife, do you remember the man we were earlier asking to come here? She mourned the bed upon which from one husband another husband and from one son another son were born… 1250 After that, I have no idea what happened because just then Oedipus rushed in. Do you think you can get away with it? Also, the revelation or response of a medium or priest. Chorus He spoke well, my king.
And yet I know this much—no disease nor any other suffering can kill me— for I would never have been saved from death unless I was to suffer a strange destiny. Let his relatives and the relatives of them, see and hear his suffering. Chorus Only a minute ago the command came from the snowy tips of Parnassus to hunt down the hiding murderer. Oedipus Laius, the man who was once the king of this country? Will your stubbornness never have an end? He deserved an even greater favour. Chorus How can I look at your Fate and praise the Fate of any other human? No problems that I could see. Those who are unreliable give rash advice.
I need to know the womb that carried me, even if it is that of a slave. Fume on about it, if you wish, as fiercely as you can. The Theban Plays Sophocles wrote three plays concerning the fate of Thebes: Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. Have some faith in him! But as things stand, for it was after the event that I became a citizen of Thebes, I now proclaim the following to all of you Cadmeians: Whoever among you knows the man it was 260 who murdered Laius, son of Labdacus, I order him to reveal it all to me. Herald I undid your feet, let loose the chains from the holes in your ankles, my Lord. And this discovery will not make him happy.
Attic tragedy employed only a small number of actors, and these wore masks. You raised me only to show me in the end what a monstrous being I am! Turn your back and go! Oedipus From within, shouts of despair. Poll: How Do Tragic Stories Affect You? Let him not be afraid. Ah, you marriage rites—you gave birth to me, and when I was born, you gave birth again, children from the child of that same womb, 1660 creating an incestuous blood family of fathers, brothers, children, brides, wives and mothers—the most atrocious act that human beings commit! Chorus I think it is the same man you were asking to see earlier. As if some fire-carrying god has swooped upon our land, hollowing out our homes while at the same time, cluttering the house of Black Hades with our moans and our cries of despair.
But no one has seen the one who did it. I will make confessions about things I know. Again and again he hit hard at his eyes, plunging the brooches until the blood began to flow like black rain and like black hail and the clods and the gore rolled all over his great beard. For there is joy in isolated thought, 1640 completely sealed off from a world of pain. It is your mouth that has gained my sympathy, not his. I stopped her, working from intellect, not learning from birds. Tell us: of what consists your qualification? Exit Oedipus into the palace.