1] Leda, whom Zeus saw, the wife of a king of Sparta, naked in the Eurotas river. Zeus took the form of a swan to seduce her, begetting Castor, Pollux, and Helen, the subject of another of H.D.'s lyrics. W. B. Yeats' "Leda and the Swan" depicts the violence of the rapein contrast to what H.D. sees.
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Original text: Collected Poems of H.D. (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1925): 174-75. York University Library Special Collections 4928.
First publication date: 1919
Publication date note: Chapbook 1.1 (July 1919): 10-11
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/21
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