Marcia Karp wrote:
> Not Smyrna. Myrrha (Ovid's _Metamorphosis_, X.298-502). (Dryden retells
> story in his _Fables Ancient and Modern_.) Your informant is incorrect.
Adonis in Greek mythology, a youth of remarkable beauty, the favourite
of the goddess Aphrodite. Traditionally, he was the product of the
incestuous love Smyrna (Myrrha) entertained for her own father, the
Syrian king Theias.
> She is metamorphosed into the myrrh tree. You'll find there is no
> between Cinyras and his daughter, just great sex. He was duped, and
> and disgusted when he discovered who the girl was with whom he was
> his wife.
I only told part of the story.
> With all due respect, your reading seems to be playing with words,
True. I have no way of knowing though whether TSE was playing with the same
words here or not. I point out the possibility that he could have and a way
that it would work into the poem. I am not sure how much weight to give it
but I do keep it in mind.
> your own words, ignoring Ovid's story.
Remember that Ovid was retelling Greek stories and changing names around.
It wasn't that he wrote an original novel about a woman named Myrrha and I
decided to rename her.