Mrs Midas

Overview

A man and woman sitting at a table surrounded by gold objects

Mrs Midas is a poem written from the viewpoint of the wife of the mythological King Midas, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

King Midas was granted a wish by the god Dionysus whereby everything he touched would turn to gold.

With comical undertones, a wide range of emotions is expressed through the persona of Mrs Midas as she speaks out against her husband’s foolish actions and gradually separates herself from him.

She leaves him to waste away in isolation while she laments the loss of their physical relationship and the chance to have a baby together to fulfil their dreams.