"She sang like Goethe's sirens and Homer's"
Odysseus and the Sirens. Detail from an Attic red-figured stamnos, c480BC - Credit: Jastrow
In Greek mythology
were hybrid creatures, part woman, part bird, who lured sailors to shipwreck with their beautiful, seductive song. In Homer's Odyssey
the sailors are able to escape the siren-song by plugging their ears with beeswax. All except for Odysseus
, who is tied to the ship's mast in order to hear their song but resist it. In Goethe's Faust
the Sirens are part of the chorus of mythical creatures, narrating and commenting on the action.