thy body and acquaint yourself with the mother as
you pass through creation in the manner of a tragedian
romance, embodying nature and spirit.
And in your night crusade, you will perceive a revelation
of the most superlative feelings that come not from words
or form, but from light.
Hope Saphos DeVenuto
A vaporous energy passes before us as a wave which carries us through the
categories of the mind of an ancient past in Aristotelian truth. Aristotle's cool objective eyewhich ascends from his
deductive logic, introduces to the arts a canvas of inner landscapes
that becomes an expedition of mans human instinct for imitation, harmony and rhythm.
Aristotle's observation of the human experience becomes a psychological basis of modern
learning by accumulating the facts and causes of an existing world. In his
poetics, life is poetic.
Everything written has its own style and rhythm which concludes that poetry arose from an
inborn gift that developed into two directions. Comedy which is the pillory of the meaner
actions of life and tragedy which stages a nobleman's vulnerabilities into full blown out
drama from the simple and continuous fundamental questioning of his moment to moment
What can be more wonderful than a man and woman who are painted
as descendant characters from fables and myths of a culture and at the same time dissect
their humanness, interweaving human idiosyncrasy with the power of fate? This depicts the
poetic art form of Sophocle's Oedipus Rex ,which possesses an imitation of an action that is
serious, complete and of a certain immensity that expresses language with creative adornments
and dramatic action. According to Aristotle, plot is the most crucial aspect of tragedy and to
achieve this dimension of space, the plot must have a beginning, middle and an end. Just as a
living organism has a biorhythm, so does the plot through the emotional, intellectual, and
physical activity of the events from "calamity to good fortune or from good fortune to calamity."
Complication, unraveling and surprise are the components of the best living tragedy, along with
the noble individual who brings about his own downfall through his own debilities.
Through Oedipus Rex there is a definite movement of the adult and child
experience where the affair may or may not happen. As history deals with our particular past,
Upon entering into the feminine portion of this literature, it is not surprising
that Jocasta would take her own life. Men look at women as the weaker sex and therefore her
Jocasta's golden brooches at the sight of her swinging in the noose. What is he feeling in that
moment? Is it loss, disgust, shame? Probably all of the above as his life continues
on as a poor
old blind man and vagrant of the desert. Although Oedipus may no longer be seen as a noble
man in royal colors, he chooses to live the remainder of his life with a severe handicap which
can be viewed as a great example of human resiliency. And so the hero is still a hero, maybe
more, or maybe less, it depends on your relationship to the body of the plot and where your
rhythm rises or falls at the juncture of timeliness to this dimensional space of antiquity.
Sophocles on the other hand would not have been so popular if the ending
would have been different. He had to make a living at what he chose as a profession and he
knew the psychology of the elite class very well. Anyone who knows their own psychology
well, can see clearly through others and therefore it can be used as an art form to give different
reflections and perspectives of different modes and form to others. When the mind is clear, it
can release products of creative imagination and make intuitive connections that draws upon
life as a continuous poetic verse of tragedy and comedy.
The laughter and tears of a child are as a gentle
wind and soothing rain. They come and go for good
reason. And when they cease to exist in the child,
woe, the child has been truly lost in the man.
Hope Saphos DeVenuto