Epigraph to T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, 1922:
I have seen with my own eyes the Sibyl hanging in a jar,
and when the boys asked her “What do you want?” She answered,
“I want to die.”
The Cumaean Sibyl was the most famous of the Sibyls, the prophetic old women of Greek mythology; she guided Aeneas through Hades in Virgil’s Aeneid
. She had been granted immortality by Apollo, but because she forgot to ask for perpetual youth, she shrank into withered old age and her authority declined. Wasting away but unable to die, the Sibyl ages eternally. Hence, the waste land.
(some shit just never gets old. i mean as far as reading this poem. not the sibyl. nevermind.)