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The legendary goddess Circe is portrayed to her fullest view in Olga Broumass masterful poem Circe In Greek mythology Circe is a masterful sorceress who lived on the island of Aeaea where with potions and incantations she was able to turn people into beasts While Circes magic did transform men into animals she never did anything to alter the spirit or soul of a man rather she merely transformed his body into that of the animal that was closest to his true nature Broumass poem incorporates ideas and themes from Homers Odyssey to which she adds a feminist perspective In the course of his wanderings the hero Odysseus visited her island with his companions whom she turned into swine With the help of Hermes Odysseus was able to resist Circes enchantments and restore his men to their natural form Through three stanzas the Charm the Anticipation and the Bite Olga Broumas displays a new view of the myth of Circe as well as the outlook on women both past and present Throughout the first stanza the Charm Broumas depicts Circe as a wanton woman - a woman that is touching the horizon of ecstasy Sometimes considered a nymph Circe is of a divine beauty that enables her to be a great lover capable of capturing any mans heart According to the myth she ceremoniously takes Odysseus to her bed where she plans to conquer him both mentally and physically Broumass use of the metaphoric term fire casts a sense of passion and heat into Circes rapture Bites to the little death discretely makes mention of a climatic moment between the two and it continues till she comes to nothing Broumas 978 When she realizes that Odysseus is immune to her spells Circe truly falls in love with him She has never met a mortal that could resist her powers She has to bite on her own sweet tongue in order to contain herself and keep
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