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White Goddess Paperback – Jan 1 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: FSG Adult; Reprint edition (June 1 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374504938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374504939
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 3.5 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #360,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robert Graves, the late British poet and novelist, was also known for his studies of the mythological and psychological sources of poetry. With The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth, Graves was able to combine many of his passions into one work. While the book is so poetically written that many of the passages amount to prose poems, it is also frequently plot driven enough to feel like a novel, and it is rich with scholarly insight into the deep wells of poetry. Especially fascinating is the chapter in which Graves explores the ancient and ongoing practice of poets' invoking the muse. Graves details the practice in both the Eastern and Western literary traditions, and shows specific similarities and differences among Greek, British, and Irish tales and myths about the muse. Graves has much to offer students of history and myth, but poetry lovers will also be fascinated with The White Goddess.

About the Author

Robert Graves (1895-1985), born in London, was one of the most talented, colorful, and prolific men of letters in the twentieth century. He is best known for his historical novels, I, Claudius and Claudius the God. He spent much of his life on the island of Majorca.


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