If anyone comes to the gates of poetry and expects to become an adequate poet by acquiring expert knowledge of the subject without the Muses’ madness, he will fail, and his self-controlled verses will be eclipsed by the poetry of men who have been driven out of their minds.
Ancient Greek gold earrings, dating to the late 4th century BCE. On top of the central dangle of each earring is a muse playing the lyre. The earrings are currently located in the Benaki Museum in Athens.
Light-to-Dark Series: Clio, the Muse of history and poetry
Stories are written for friends and lovers. History is written from desperate winners and hopeless romantics. How many words are strung together out of endless sorrow and forsaken relationships? She knows the power words have over humanity and lets them drown in the emptiness of wanting more.
Light-to-Dark Series: Calliope, the Muse of epic poetry and eloquence
She hands them crowns and pens filled with black ink. She tells them to write their story, wear the crown, be a God. Honor, respect, power— in other words, validation. People yearn for validation and she’ll give it. But at a cost, of course. She takes their names and their victories and triumphs are written in the skies. Their name is known: Calliope.