Cycnus

Cycnus was a king of Liguria (part of Italy) and a friend of Phaethon (Apollo’s son). After his companion’s death, Cycnus mourned him so bitterly that he was transformed into a swan; Apollo gave him a beautiful voice with which to sing. It is from this story that the word, ‘swansong’, a final glorious song before death, has been derived.

“His voice grew thin, white feathers hid his hair, His neck stretched long, his fingers turning red, Were fastened by a web, wings draped his sides, His mouth became a blunt unpointed beak. He was a strange new bird, a swan…” (Book II, 373-376)
Completion Date:
2003
Credits:
'Metamorphosis' - JOINT WINNER ZELLI PRIZE