Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus John Willaim Waterhouse

Austin Dobson’s poem, The Prayer of the Swine To Circe” depicts the agony of the human soul trapped in the body of what some call—a foul beast. John Keats created another form of Circe, for his poem, La Belle Dame sans Merci (The Beautiful Lady Without Mercy) and I consider it better written than Dobson’s poem, but I prefer Circe as a subject. Turning the men into swine is an unmerciful act; which, many Feminists seem to dream about. Members of my fictional cult dream of such magic, too.

I’m curious if George R. R. Martin created Cersei Lannister with mythology’s Cerci, in mind.

Image from Wikimedia: Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus (1891) by John William Waterhouse

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