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          Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980)


First Line: Long afterward, Oedipus, old and blinded, walked the

The above poem appeared in the 1973 collection Breaking Open.
As such, it is protected by copyright and cannot be displayed
without permission of the copyright holder. It can be found in:

  • Rukeyser, Muriel. The Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser.
    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