All Greek Mythology

Posted: 23.03.07 in Blogging

When I was 14, doing art at school, we were asked to make a cartoon-like depiction of a Greek myth. I’m not exactly sure how I came to it, but I did mine on the story of Persephone, and how she came to be Queen of the Underworld.

I remembered this last night just before going to bed, and I thought I’d try to write a song about it… Yes it’s a little unusual, but I thought it might work. It turned out to be quite an angsty love song, and it turned out ok.

So this morning I thought I’d research it (a bit late perhaps, but thought I’d check my facts anyway). I headed to Wikipedia, and realised how much of a bitch Persphone became after becoming Queen of the Underworld. I also found that it is not necessarily the case that Hades’ love for Persephone was requited, in which case my love song may be good but not quite correct. And even then Hades tricked Persephone into having to come back to the Underworld by forcing her to eat pomegranates.

I remembered the pomegranates (it was the title of the song), but I couldn’t remember the significance of them… In a nutshell, Persephone shared her life between her mother Demeter, goddess of grain and agriculture, and the god of the Underworld, Hades. Demeter gets so depressed when Persephone is away that things die and crops fail, and graces the world when Persephone is around with bountiful vegetation and colour. The number of pomegranates Persephone ate dictated how many months she spent in the Underworld. The number varies between three and six depending where you read. But this is how we have the seasons.

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Comments
  1. XShellX says:

    writing a song sounds cool. I wouldn’t know were to start!

  2. Steve says:

    Well if you want to see my attempts so far (a bit of a mix, some good, most bad!) head over to geoffbrady.wordpress.com.

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