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This poem is based on the Greek Myth of Leda and Zeus. Zeus took the form of a swan and raped
Leda; who bore four children afterwards. Two of these were human; and allegedly her husband's,
and two of them demi-gods; among them was Helen of Troy. Helen of Troy…

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of time takes place And finally, `white
in this passage. rush' as sexual
We then go back to imagery for the
Leda's time: and are rape.
asked whether it
was really rape: and
did Leda
deliberately take


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