The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Jan 1, 1966 - Literary Criticism - 511 pages
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An enormously versatile and prolific writer, translator, and critic, Robert Graves considered himself primarily a poet. Nevertheless, he became best known for his unorthadox historical novels about Rome and for his studies of the mythological and psychological sources of poetry. "The White Goddess" is perhaps his finest and the most popular of these works. In this book Graves explores the stories behind the earliest of European deities, the White Goddess of Birth, Love, and Death, who was worshipped under countless titles. She was beautiful, fickle, wise, and implacable, and in one of her later forms he is known as the Ninefold Muse, patroness of the white magic of poetry. In this brilliant tapestry of poetic and religious scholarship, Graves uncovers the obscure and mysterious power of "pure poetry" and its peculiar, mythic language.

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User Review  - Stephen Simpson - Goodreads

Almost complete bunk, but occasionally interesting/entertaining bunk. More like an intertwining of speculation and wishful thinking/fantasy than real scholarship about Celtic mythology/theology. Read full review

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User Review  - Benjamin - Goodreads

I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, many of the points Graves makes resonate within me. On the other, most of the book is nothing more than the non-sequitur ramblings and fantasies ... Read full review

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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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