Do You Have A Muse?

The idea of muses comes from Greek mythology. I think it’s a fascinating idea and I often call my cat my muse hehe though I don’t actually believe in it! But it got me wanting to know a bit more about the notion so here’s a little info…

The Muses are the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne [Memory]. Zeus came to Mnemosyne on nine consecutive nights and the nine daughters were the result of those nine unions. Mnemosyne gave birth to the nine girls near the topmost peaks of Mount Olympos (Olympus). All nine girls are of one mind … they are free spirited and have their hearts set upon song … they sing of the laws of the Immortals and the goodly ways of a life. Their homes and bright dancing places are on Mount Olympos but they may appear to anyone as long as the performer is paying tribute to the immortal gods with their art.

According to the poet Hesiod, the Muses frequent Mount Helikon (Helicon) in Boeotia and an area around Mount Olympos known as Pieria. They arise by night and shrouded in mist, walk the hills and bathe in springs. By calling upon and receiving the blessings of the Muses, a poet or dancer or musician can transcend the normal bounds of talent and rise to unimagined levels of creative insight.

The nine Muses are listed by name in the poem Theogony but the specific attributes of each goddess were added by later poets:
Erato [Lovely], Love Poems

Euterpe [Delightful], Flute Playing

Kalliope (Calliope) [the Beautiful-Voiced], Epic Poetry

Kleio (Cleio) [Celebrate], History

Melpomene [Songstress], Tragedy

Ourania (Urania) [Heavenly One], Astrology

Polymnia (Polyhymnia) [Many Hymns], Sacred Music

Terpsichore [Dance-Enjoying], Dance

Thaleia [Blooming One], Comedy


So how about you? Do you have a muse? And if not what do you wish your muse could be?
All information on muses in this post was sourced from http://mythagora.com/bios/muses.html

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13 thoughts on “Do You Have A Muse?

  1. What? No muse for action adventure? I might have to turn my WriMo into a tragedy…

    I’ve definitely put the muse mantle on people who inspired me. Notable, years ago when my cousin and I worked together we carpooled. The conversations we had driving through the morning darkness took any and every turn you could imagine and it was very difficult to work at work when all I wanted to do was start writing.

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    • Yes I aould have to agree that there are people in my life who inspire me all the time! My main one being my sister as she also writes so we are constantly bouncing ideas off of each other until I can’t wait to put pen to paper (or fingers to ipad as the case may be lol)

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  2. This is a really cool post, Caroline. ^.^
    Not that I necessarily believe in them, but it’s cool to think about. I think that if I had any of these muses, I’d probably have Melpomene(since my writing is a darker style) or Polymnia(because music is a huge part of my life).

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