Monday, January 14, 2008

there is a Daphne in all of us



Daphne -Laurel tree
She was a young beautiful nymph, daughter of the river god Peneus. She was a huntress who dedicated herself to Artemis, goddess of the hunt, and, like the goddess, refused to marry. She was pursued by many admirers but she rejected every lover, including the powerful son of Zeus, Apollo. Apollo fell in love with Daphne, and when she rejected his advances, he pursued her through the woods. Daphne got frightened and prayed to her father for help. Whereupon her father told her that he would protect her by turning her into a Laurel Tree on the bank of his river (Greek native daphne). When Apollo came looking for Daphne, her father told him that she was transformed into a Laurel tree. Apollo then cut off some branches and made himself a crown of laurel branches.

24 comments:

d. chedwick bryant said...

OK! We are on the same wavelength--I JUST popped over AFTER posting about a Daphne-- too curious!

gregra&gar said...

And you, the chrysanthemum.

lotusgreen said...

i love this mythn and this is my favorite version of it. but it just occurred to me: if she had prayed to her mother instead of her father, you think shw would have turned him into a tree instead?

She Who Flies said...

I've always loved this myth :-)

d. chedwick bryant said...

I always disliked the part where he cut off some of her branches. How rude!

d. chedwick bryant said...

hi it is January 18th I just wanted to tell you my health has returned 100%. Yesterday I played with toys and enjoyed playing tag with Phd girl. I was able to pick up toys in my mouth for the first time in ages--she throws them, I run and get them-- we had a blast--suddenly life seems grand again.

Now, I hope you are better too. We have to take our vitamins, and nap, don't we?

rochambeau said...

I've never heard this myth Princess.
I'll look at a Laurel tree differently from now on!
Thank you for introducing me to Japonisme!
Have a nice weekend!
Constance

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

Hmm, I shall have to take a closer look at that laurel tree in my garden and keep an eye out for any ravishing Apollo's! :-)

A.Decker said...

That painting, while scrumptuously executed is disturbing in its imagery (is it just me?) and, "The Gods" have long 'set wrong' with me. This is excruciating and beautiful at once... but I want to smash Apollo and free Daphne (again, just me?).

I hope you're feeling much better. You're a delight of the blogoshpere.

And I agree with Chedwick, naps are gooooood! :-)

Anonymous said...

Barend Kiefte?

Just curious, but a web search turned this up on your blog. Is there a connection to philosophy as taught at Memorial University?

Jim Thistle
jthistle@nf.rogers.com

DeLi said...

wow! finally i have the visuals of daphne! i like thsi story and i was a greek mythology reader as a child. i hated apollo then :) i have always wanted to be as carefree and guy free during those days :)

rochambeau said...

Just topping by to say hi!

phd girl said...

25th-- how are you today?

goatman said...

Sounds like letting your nose be cut off to spite your face, but I could be wrong!

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

Hope you're okay, Princess Haiku.

d. chedwick bryant said...

last day of january--how are you doing?

Princess Haiku said...

Dear Friends,
I'm sorry that I haven't been blogging lately. The bronchitis I had turned into walking pneumonia and haven't had much energy. The good news is that I am finally improving and will be posting a storm of new entries soon. Promise.
Love,
Your Princess Haiku

cbb said...

Perhaps you know Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Daphne"?

Why do you follow me?-
Any moment I can be
Nothing but a laurel-tree.

Any moment of the chase
I can leave you in my place
A pink bough for your embrace.

Yet if over hill and hollow
Still it is your will to follow,
I am off;- to heel, Apollo!

brow of calm said...

What a charming narrative!
Just check in to your blog after about 3 months blogbreak and read this. Beautiful.
I am looking forward to that storm of new posts.
Shake it
princess.

Princess Haiku said...

I have been thinking about the tree thing, Lotus and decided that I wouldn't mind being one. Perhaps a tall, cool pine.

Princess Haiku said...

a. decker. I think it would be a wonderful thing to set Daphne free. We are in great need of a visual artist.

Princess Haiku said...

The Bernini is lovely, Lotus.

Princess Haiku said...

I never heard of Barend Kiefte, Jim. Your comment intrigues.

Princess Haiku said...

cbb, thanks for the Millay poem. I enjoyed reading it.