I ♥ Carol Ann Duffy’s poetry. She rocks.
Anyway, about Medusa… I’ve been writing about this poem for my next e-book and there are lots of great visual representations that I wanted to share. They won’t make it to the book because they’re not my images and they need to be linked to the original photographs, but, for those who like something visual to get your eyes around…
Here’s the Cellini statue of Perseus (the bloke in the poem) with Medusa’s head. That body… hmmm. Do men even have bodies like that?! That is one fine piece of bronze casting!
You’ll notice Medusa doesn’t look particularly hideous or ugly, even though she has a head full of snakes. It’s all about how gorgeous Perseus is.
Then you’ve got other images that focus on Medusa, like this one by Paul Rubens.
Again, she doesn’t look that ugly – just with her snake hair and a bit of a terrified impression.
My favourite of the Medusa images is this one by Arnold Bocklin.
This is my favourite, because she looks so haunted – like a ghost. Again, though, she doesn’t look terrified – or particularly terrifying – just haunted.
Another very famous one is that of Caravaggio
I think a lot of this poem is about looking beyond, seeing beneath. Medusa feels that because of Perseus and this twisted relationship, she has become ugly – she has become a monster. What’s this saying? Love can turn us into a monster?
I think it could work as a metaphor as well as literal ugliness. She feels ugly on the inside maybe. This love makes her hate herself.
She’s angry, and twisted, but she still loves him.
I think it’s that kind of love that makes you sick, even though you can’t stop it. Pink does it well in this song:
Where you can’t live with them, you can’t live without them. You’re obsessed to the point of something REALLY unhealthy, but you can’t stop yourself doing it.
So… a few images and a little musical inspiration about the poem Medusa – and you’ll be able to read all about it in my ebook when it arrives on Kindle.