Word Ways


Susan Klinke


Sisyphus was sentenced by the gods to roll that rock up the hill for all eternity only to see it roll back down. So, was he condemned to a life in vain because no effort on his part could ever get that rock over the top? I think he eventually replaced that impossible goal with a different one: the sport (or the art?) of playfully testing the limits of a prison he knew he could never escape. By redefining his task, he made his condemnation work for him: he suffused it with form and meaning.