Nam Sibyl...

This opening quote from Petronius' Satyricon (1st century A.D.) sets the scene for the poem - the Sibyl is an old, withered, but immortal woman who is tired with life and wants to die; note the similarites with Gerontion, of which more below.

reference topics

The Cumaean Sibyl
The Meaning of the Notes
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