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The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth, Amended and Enlarged Edition By Robert Graves The White Goddess A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth Amended and Enlarged Edition The White Goddess is perhaps the finest of Robert Graves s works on the psychological and mythological sources of poetry In this tapestry of poetic and religious scholarship Graves explores the stori

  • Title: The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth, Amended and Enlarged Edition
  • Author: Robert Graves
  • ISBN: 9780374504939
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth, Amended and Enlarged Edition By Robert Graves The White Goddess is perhaps the finest of Robert Graves s works on the psychological and mythological sources of poetry In this tapestry of poetic and religious scholarship, Graves explores the stories behind the earliest of European deities the White Goddess of Birth, Love, and Death who was worshipped under countless titles He also uncovers the obscure and mysteriThe White Goddess is perhaps the finest of Robert Graves s works on the psychological and mythological sources of poetry In this tapestry of poetic and religious scholarship, Graves explores the stories behind the earliest of European deities the White Goddess of Birth, Love, and Death who was worshipped under countless titles He also uncovers the obscure and mysterious power of pure poetry and its peculiar and mythic language.
    The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth, Amended and Enlarged Edition By Robert Graves

    The White Goddess Pagan Portal Jun , The White Goddess Pagan Portal, is an online resource for Pagans, Wiccans and Witches, providing in depth information on a varied range of areas, including, Moon Phases, The Sabbats, Book of Shadows and a Forum for the serious discussion of Pagan topics The White Goddess An Introduction To Paganism The White Goddess A Historical Grammar of The best depiction of Graves archetype of the White Goddess I can recall is the character Alma in the film Ghost Story She is timeless, beautiful, eerie, and everything else that Graves describes When I retire, one of my goals is to become literate in the ancient works Graves writes about. The White Goddess work by Graves Britannica According to Graves, the White Goddess combines the powers of love, destructiveness, and poetic inspiration She ruled during a matriarchal period in the distant past before she was deposed by the patriarchal gods, who represent cold reason and logic It was at this point, Graves claimed, that Apollonian or academic poetry began to dominate. The White Goddess A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth by The White Goddess is perhaps the finest of Robert Graves s works on the psychological and mythological sources of poetry In this tapestry of poetic and religious scholarship, Graves explores the stories behind the earliest of European deities the White Goddess of Birth, Love, and Death who was worshipped under countless titles. The White Goddess An Encounter by Simon Gough Aug , The White Goddess An Encounter is a mesmerising tale of sex, lies and divided loyalties Set between the magic of a bohemian Majorca and the horror of Franco s Madrid, it is a haunting evocation of a lost time and place, dominated by the extraordinary power of Robert Graves, one of the th centurys greatest writers.

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    1. Rodney on said:

      O.K so Graves was dead wrong about the Celts Still, the White Goddess thesis that patriarchal invaders suppressed the mother goddess religions of the Aegean and Ancient Near East, traces of which managed to survive in Europe, especially in the minstrel lore of Ireland and Wales is thanks to Graves now part and parcel of the modern The real fun of the book isn t so much in its truth as the getting there a waterslide ride of educated guessing, crossword logic, and speculative buccaneering that rea [...]

    2. Old-Barbarossa on said:

      Rambling nonsense when he steps beyond what he knows.Most of his ideas on the tree alphabet are his own and sourceless Unfortunately a lot of the celtic magic industry owes too much to this as a gospel of sorts Better and scholarly book are out there if you can be bothered looking But they are without the glamour of Graves which I suppose is part of the attraction to the sidhe huggers.Edit This is a dreadful bookt I ve read it twice, the 1st time in the early 80s and again in 13 It hasn t gotte [...]

    3. Josh on said:

      Graves s phrase for what he does is poetic scholarship, and I m tempted to be generous and believe that what he means here really is thought that is associative and fleet, as opposed to simply lazy The scholarship borders on parody Graves s assertions are made on what is essentially zero evidence But he follows his hind without faltering once, and by the time 500 pages is up, you do feel a sort of Palace of Wisdom effect has been achieved Where does that leave us For me, reading this book is lik [...]

    4. David on said:

      All right, let me honest and start by saying this was totally my favorite book in the entire universe when I was, like, 11 Hands down It gave me my first sense of what scholarship might be if it were actually fun.Now I did end up becoming a professional scholar, and one who probably does have too much fun for his own good, so perhaps a word here is in order.Those people who say the book provides zero evidence for its points all I can say is, yeah, that s right It s kind of a joke Or well, Graves [...]

    5. Erik on said:

      I would call this Joe Campell s Power of Myth for grownups I ve been thinking about this book recently, but I have to admit I never got than halfway with it Nobody else I know has either, but what I did take from it was worth the struggle Hopelessly inadequate summary Graves belives that literature and poetry are magic, real magic These arts objectively conjure effects the same way a ritual is supposed to work, to make a deity present in the mundane world through a charm, a rhythm, even invokin [...]

    6. Jessica on said:

      this is a massive endeavor and will take an eternity to read while i love cross referencing the divine feminine through the mystical traditions, i can only take this book in small doses imagine the densest, darkest fudge this is not for the faint of heart, but a great resource i don t want to have to give it back to ira unread, so wish me luck

    7. Titus L on said:

      Whilst some have disputed Graves historical inaccuracies, im not reading this for its historical account, but rather for its mytho poetical inventiveness and inspiration, of which I would say that it delivers handsomely.The attempt to reconcile the Ancient Hebrew, Greek and Celtic civilizations with an Aegean Tuath De Danaan Diaspora is fascinating and demands that the reader have a fairly wide background in cultural and mythological studies Speculating on the Cad Goddeu, The Battle of the Trees [...]

    8. Ange on said:

      It s almost impossible to read the Plath study without this book apparently, it was a huge influence on Plath while she was at Cambridge in the flat where she died, there was a poster of the White Goddess tacked to the pantry door The book is interesting for the mythological and folkloric tidbits than the unifying thesis, at this point I think the mythological connections are sound, but I have some trouble believing that each and every true poet since the advent of Christianity has been engaged [...]

    9. Terence on said:

      I first read The White Goddess during a road trip with my ex at the turn of the century I can remember several days when we were staying at a bed and breakfast in pre Katrina New Orleans It was neither overly warm nor overly humid, and my erstwhile spouse was recovering from serving as a mosquito smorgasbord, so I had some down time to sit out on the patio and read I have to say that the first time through this book left me confused and lost the second time through I m on firmer ground in unders [...]

    10. Michael on said:

      If you drew a Venn diagram of unreadable books and unputdownable books, this would be in the small area of intersection It reads like the death evacuation of a brilliant and eccentric mind.

    11. Charles on said:

      This book is absolutely fascinating and an all time favorite of mine It ties together ancient history, poetry and myth, drawing from traditions around the world.What this book isn t traditional history or scholarship As puts it, Graves openly considered poetic inspiration, or Analepsis as he termed it, a valid historical methodology It is easy to see why New Age, Wikka and other modern syncretic traditions have seized on this book as a touchstone On the other hand, I think this book makes a wond [...]

    12. Chris on said:

      A controversial classic and certainly not for all tastes Graves erudition in ancient literature and mythopoetics is well known e.g his classic reference works on Greek mythology but his thesis in this book has been contested in many quarters and proved incorrect in some anthropological aspects and struck me as largely speculative, although I really can t make a judgment since I m not well read in this area I can say that reading this book did spur me to read up on Irish and Welsh myth If you do [...]

    13. Michael on said:

      I got kicked in the face by this book For real, it walked up to me, said i will kick you in the face I ignored it s warning, and woke up 2 months later with a shattered jaw and lots and lots of information about poetry and bards Wonderful read if you ve ever had a sneaking suspicion all of your favorite myths had a certain aura to them.

    14. E Hamilton on said:

      I reread this book perhaps every other year Every year, being widely read, I find facts that are now outdated But every year, the ideas, themes and conclusions I feel to be true.

    15. H on said:

      Astonishing By Graves claim, the measure of a poet is by his accuracy faithfulness in depicting the actual White Goddess, thus proving the truth and source of his mystical inspiration All the Welsh stuff goes far above my head but he cites some instances from pre modern English poetry pp 426 36 Shakespeare s Venus Adonis, A Midsummer Night s Dream, and seriously in the Tempest Donne s A Fever Keats Belle Dame Sans Merci Nimory enchantress of Merlin in Malory s Morte D Arthur IV, i Coleridge s A [...]

    16. Czarny Pies on said:

      Faute de pouvoir donner cinq etrons, je luie donne une etoile.The White Goddess is a book that belongs on the same shelf as the Erich von Daniken s Chariots of the Gods or Thor Heyerdahl s Voyage of the Kontiki It simply does not deserve to be read.Robert Graves was acknowledged in this lifetime to have been one the greatest Latin scholars of his generation His brilliant translations e.g The Golden Ass and wonderful historical novesl e.g I Claudius did a great service to the reading public by ma [...]

    17. Welwyn Wilton on said:

      This is a great book Graves is best known for his novels I Claudius or his poetry which was his favorite form of writing , but this work about the grammar and connectedness of myth is a scholarly epic, profoundly interesting and peppered with references to support his alphabet of the trees and their use as at least an Iron Age code which Druids and perhaps others used to teach and remember their oral knowledge from generation to generation There has been debate regarding the accuracy of Graves l [...]

    18. Jason Hare on said:

      Graves essay on the downfall of a matriarchal, goddess worship, societal structure in stone age Europe is the premise of this book long essay Several themes in this book have been written about by anthropologists and other writers before and since Graves but The White Goddess is certainly the best known.Graves own words language of poetic myth anciently current in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe was a magical language bound up with popular religious ceremonies in honor of the Moon goddess, [...]

    19. Beverly on said:

      Francesca Lia Block made me read this I have no idea if this man is insane or not but I was young enough when I read it that it blew my mind anyway.

    20. Larry Chaves on said:

      This is a difficult read so if you re not a lover of mythology, it s not for you However, if you want to take the next leap Graves is the man you re looking for Brilliant

    21. Clay Kallam on said:

      This book was a revelation to me when I first read it, sometime back in the 70s but I wanted to try it again to see if I was merely hung over from the 60s, or there was something deeper going on.After re reading it, I have to say it is a powerful work, though it was made powerful then by the fact that it preceded the mythological studies of Joseph Campbell, and thus had the advantage of the shock of the new The White Goddess is, however, several books in one, and isn t exactly an easy read Ther [...]

    22. Jon Corelis on said:

      A prodigious, monstrous, stupefying, indescribable book A Five Star Poetry Book Recommended for All Readers Note this book exists in numerous editions this review is based on The White Goddess A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth, Amended and Enlarged Edition Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1966 and later , which is the edition I d recommend to interested readers This is a popular, influential, and controversial book Let s put things in perspective by quoting the first and best review of it, the state [...]

    23. Eric Sipple on said:

      I m not sure how to rate a book like this On its own it is, as a friend said, historical mythological fanfiction The shoddy anthropology, etymology and linguistic study Graves marches out in support of the book s thesis that All True Poetry praises The White Goddess and everything else, like things that aren t Scottish, are crap is kind of awe inspiring By the middle of the book, I couldn t take a damn thing he was saying seriously.And yet, because I was reading it for research, and research as [...]

    24. Mary on said:

      An overview of archaic Welsh bardic poetry It is complex and a little hard to follow, but rewarding once you understand the long involved explanations, real poetry will never be the same and after re reading this book a few times you will know real poetry when you read it I am re reading this book for the seventh or eighth time and still learning things from it.

    25. Nikki on said:

      I find this book particularly overrated It is used as a basis to establish a geneaology for modern paganism However, it is one supposition based upon another Very faulty logic.

    26. Mike Mercer on said:

      I say Awesome since I do enjoy Cynthia s poetry Myself anyway

    27. Steve Cran on said:

      It is a book that is considered a classic, written by a first class author known for his scholarly contributions Yet there are some interesting stories surrounding this classic It is rud that while Robert Graves was on his way to get the manuscript published a huge gust of wind came by and blew it out of his hands He got it all together and just turned it in, hence the incomprehensibility of the outline of the book Many people in the scholarly academic community wrote this work off as historical [...]

    28. The Elves on said:

      Someone gave us this bookar lovers of myth, magic, poetry and druidic celtic lore, and it was 15 yrs before we ever got to reading it and we did so, finally because we felt a certain obligation in the nature of the gift However, although this is a book that requires some effort from the reader, we were so glad we finally got to it.In it Graves attempts to demonstrate through logical inference that the ancient ovates, bards, poets, druids, etc of the Celtic peoples had a secret language hidden in [...]

    29. SmokingMirror on said:

      I swayed back and forth in my approach to this book reading one chapter, then skipping ahead to another, then dipping into an earlier chapter I have found it impossible for myself to read the book from beginning to end Graves wrongheadedness and purblind interpretations made my eyes glaze over and the whole thing with the tree alphabet sent me to somnium trees I am unfamiliar with and alphabets that jump from one side of the Mediterranean to the Atlantic coast at the author s whim, and gods who [...]

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