Leda and the swan

[ (lee-duh) ]

The subject of a story from classical mythology about the rape of Leda, a queen of Sparta, by Zeus, who had taken the form of a swan. Helen of Troy was conceived in the rape of Leda.

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W. B. Yeats wrote a famous poem entitled “Leda and the Swan.”

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