Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980)|
First Line: Long afterward, Oedipus, old and blinded, walked the
The above poem appeared in the 1973 collection Breaking Open.Rukeyser, Muriel. The Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser.
As such, it is protected by copyright and cannot be displayed
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New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1978.
Abcarian, Richard, and Marvin Klotz, eds. Literature: The
Human Experience (Shorter Fourth Edition with Essays). New
York: St. Martin's Press, 1988.
Oedipus was the king of Thebes who mistakenly killed his father
and unknowingly married his mother. In between he answered
the riddle that the Sphinx recounts in the above poem: "What
walks on four legs in the
morning, two at noon, and three in the