A terrifying image, both the ‘slug-white’ and the thigh-thickness of this enormous python.  It curls up into the tree and ‘schloops’ up a nest of sparrows, fledglings and all, tainting the propitiation of the gods going on below.


‘A slug-white, thigh-thick python  slid

Out of the ferns that bibbed the stone,

Then glided through the lake of votive blood

And up into the tree and searched its leaves.’


Source: Christopher Logue, War Music: An account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer’s Iliad, London: Faber and Faber, 2001, p. 75

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