(From the publisher):
In this book-length poem, Gjertrud Schnackenberg tells the story of Oedipus, and of "what happens outside the play," in the experience of the god who is its presiding oracle: Apollo, the god of poetry, music, and healing. Given the task of setting the Sophocles text to music, the god is reluctantly woven into its world of riddles, unanswered questions, partially disclosed oracles, and hearsay—a world where gods, as much as humans, are subject to the binding claims of fate and necessity.
Concentrating on the nameless slave who saved Oedipus, Schnackenberg draws on ancient fragments and allusions to Oedipus, and on folktales about the origin of the Greek alphabet, to present a vision of Apollo's experience of the premiere of Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus in Athens in the 420s B.C.
Original title: The Throne of Labdacus
Genre: Mythology→ Reinterpretations
Poetry→ Epic and Narrative Poetry