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In "Where No Man has Gone Before", Gary Mitchell quotes from a poem called "Nightingale Woman". It the episode notes it says that Gene Roddenberry wrote that poem himself while he was a pilot, dedicating it to his airplane. However I can't help but wonder if it is also a reference to the story of Philomela in Ovid's Metamorphoses. That would seem to fit the show's violent ending. Is there a connection?

Also, is the full version of the poem available somewhere?

Cheers, --MRess 13:29, February 26, 2012 (UTC)

It may be a reference to the Ovid tale, but unless someone associated with the production notes that it was intentional (or otherwise), then we will not make note of it on the article. I've never seen mention of the poem being available anywhere. -- sulfur 16:32, February 26, 2012 (UTC)

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