Dante and Virgil meet Diomedes and Ulysses.‘Diomedes Speaks’ by James Sale The Society April 29, 2020 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 4 Comments We meet Diomedes, the Greek hero of Troy, trapped in a flame with Odysseus in Canto 26 of Dante’s Inferno. Odysseus speaks but Diomedes remains silent. Here, ironically, he speaks through his presence. How smoke refused to clear For all his fearful presence; At least smoke knew no fear. How flames would not subdue Their burning, burning, his essence; Yet still his anger grew. How depths fell ever deeper, Though no depths made him wince— At home in hell, his keeper— Pain wrapped in silence; For which no words came later, Sealed in a trance. ©James Sale 2020 James Sale is a worldwide thought leader on motivation: he has had 4 books on the topic published by Routledge, and over 700 management consultants in 15 countries use his products. James is also a feature writer on culture for The Epoch Times. He has written poetry for over 50 years and has had 9 collections published. He won First Prize in the Society’s 2017 Competition and his next collection, The English Cantos Volume 1: HellWard is due shortly. For more on this, go to https://englishcantos.home.blog. He can be contacted at email@example.com. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. The Society of Classical Poets does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses David Hollywood April 29, 2020 Painfully wonderful wording Reply Joseph S. Salemi April 29, 2020 Both Odysseus and Diomedes are condemned for fraud, trickery, and lying. In both the Iliad and the Odyssey we find many examples of how they are master deceivers. It makes perfect sense that in hell they are constrained to silence, or to very limited speech. Reply Akeela Davis April 29, 2020 Very evocative of his suffering and how he perpetuates and deepens it through anger rather than remorse. Very powerful- James Reply J D Wallace April 30, 2020 I had a somewhat pedestrian that this may be why few people drive without the radio playing. Assuming a modicum cognitive reflection, there is nothing but you, your past, and God in a difficult conversation. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.