Zeus is the God of the heavens, skies, & (some might say) King of all Gods in Greek mythology. According to legend, he was considered a hero. But contrary to hearsay, he's a commiter of immoral actions, such as adultery, punishing those who defy his will & or orders, and throwing lightening bolts at anyone and anything that displeases him. Most people may see him as a peacekeeper who grants wishes for humans, but he's not as he seems. This Greek mythological poem made this list, because it was one of our top favorites in Greek mythology, & it's a favorite because this poem gave a prime case of a commonly known mythical character, who was depicted honorably, but was actually quite the contrary. This poem was as well placed in this list, due to that it has the theme of darkness, in that Zeus was hiding behind his image as a generous, lovable, peacekeeping God.
In Greek mythology, Hades was left with no other choice to go to the Underworld. Zeus and Poseidon were fighting over who ruled the heavens, and Hades wanted the sea, but when Zeus cheated in their game of picking lots (the sea, heavens, & the underworld), he as well lost to Poseidon for the sea. This is where Hades later became the God who would traps souls in the underworld--a place of no escape-- and a favorer of visitors that carried requests that'd often result in the death of others. This Greek mythological poem was on the list because it was one of our favorite Greek mythology poems, & it was a favorite because it perfectly depicted the character of the Greek God Hades, & his life. This poem was as well on this list because it had ominous themes, in that Hades seems very phlegmatic towards being surrounded by death & collecting souls.
Medusa is a Greek mythological creature that was once so beautiful, she always had many suitors & stirred jealousy in hearts of many women, until a curse fell upon her. Medusa did something to offend Athena, & she was turned into an ghastly woman with a dragon for a body, & serpents for hair. She had blank eyes that would turn men into stone indefinitely, just by looking at her directly. This Greek mythological poem made this list because it portrayed the mysterious & ominous nature of Medusa, before her gaze had you captured (literally). This poem as well was placed here because of the dark, foreboding theme in that Medusa quietly but quickly silenced the intruders & or onlookers of her garden.
Sirens are often associated with the mythological creatures known as mermaids, but in actuality they differ greatly. Sirens sing enticing melodies that catches the attention of men near bodies of water, or sailors on ships. These deathly tunes bring the men closer to their watery demise; those on foot are submerged into deep waters, & men on ships are casted into rocky waters. Since the Siren has the melodic ability to create a hypnotic bind on their minds, this ultimately drowns them. The Song of the Siren was placed here because it was one of our favorite Greek mythological stories, & it was a favorite because not only does this poem provide background on the classic Disney story of Ariel the Little Mermaid, but it establishes a different portrayal of mermaids as a whole. This Siren poem was also on this list due to its sinister themes, in that the sirens are prentending to be innocent, beautiful sea-dwellers when in fact they're actually quite lethal, & duplicitous.
As the Greek tale goes, Cerberus is commonly known as a three-headed hell hound. He's the guarder of the gates of the Underworld, welcoming the dead's entrance, but making sure they don't leave. More importantly, Cerberus prevents any living soul from entering the Underworld. Cerberus had lion's claws, a mane of snakes, and a serpent's tail. This Greek mythological poem was included in this list because it's one of our favorite Greek mythological stories, & it's a favorite because the poem depicts the Cerberus' abrasive, demonic, & beastly nature to a T, detailing on its murderous intent & chilling figure. This poem was as well added on here with the other poems, because this poem had menacing & ominous themes in that Cerberus tears to shreds of any person (dead or alive), when going against one of Hades' wishes & or his role as his watchdog.