From his fierce eyes there shone forth portentous fire: and once in high Calydon he slew the destroying beast, the fierce wild boar with gleaming tusks.
(64), while he was fighting with the Curetes for pleasant Calydon. And these others (Althaea) bare to Oeneus, Porthaon's son; horse-taming Pheres, and Agelaus surpassing all others, Toxeus and Clymenus and godlike Periphas, and rich-haired Gorga and wise Deianeira, who was subject in love to mighty Heracles and bare him Hyllus and Glenus and Ctesippus and Odites.
Five years later he put forth 'Atalanta in Calydon
,' a tragedy not only drawn from Greek heroic legend, but composed in the ancient Greek manner, with long dialogs and choruses.
Thoas, son of Andraemon, commanded the Aetolians, who dwelt in Pleuron, Olenus, Pylene, Chalcis by the sea, and rocky Calydon
, for the great king Oeneus had now no sons living, and was himself dead, as was also golden-haired Meleager, who had been set over the Aetolians to be their king.
Poems and Ballads, Atalanta in Calydon
. Edited by Morse Peckham, Ardent Media, 1938.
Generally, these studies continue the long-standing focus on Swinburne's early poetry--mainly Poems and Ballads (1866) and "Anactoria," as well as Songs before Sunrise (1871) and Atalanta in Calydon
(1865)--a focus further encouraged by Poems and Ballads turning 150 in 2016, which was commemorated by a special issue of the Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies edited by Laura McCormick Kilbride and Orla Polten (26 [Fall 2017]).
He first went to Calydon
and married Deianira, the king's daughter.
Among the poets, he admired Swinburne's ability to control the "lawless and unchastened character of his genius" through the yoke of classic Greek form (Atalanta in Calydon
, Erechtheus) (Hutton, "Mr.
Using as a research source Pierre Grimal's Dictionary of Greek and Roman mythology, we have found a number of 95 characters, of which we mention Antigone, Deianira, Heracles, Narcissus, Hylonome the Centaur, Niobe, Sappho, Jocasta, Melicertes (Palemon), Dido, Euphrates, Euridyce, Ajax, Ino (Leucothea), Cyone, Anticlea, Calydon
, Melos, Phaedra, Thisbe, Parthenope, Althaea, Amata, Aura, Byblis--to mention just some of the names which are rather more popular resorted to the supreme gesture of ending their life in a free and consenting manner, either by hanging (most cases), or by tossing themselves into a void, a river or into the sea, by fire or sword.
After his exile from Calydon
, Tydeus arrives at Argos dressed portentously with the hide of the boar, Tydea per latos umeros ambire laborant/ exuviae, Calydonis honos ('the spoil, the Calydonian reward, struggles to enclose Tydeus along his broad shoulders').