Absentee Muse

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Poetics:  Who's Your Muse?
(posted by Ingrid)

"The Muse is part of the Classical Tradition in poetry, which dates back over 2000 years to the poetry of Homer and Hesiod in Ancient Greece. This poetry was originally composed as part of an oral tradition, around 800 B.C., before being committed to writing centuries later."

“As you can see above, to speak of a single Muse is inaccurate, as there were in fact a total of nine Muses in the Classical pantheon. Here they are listed with their names and functions:

  • – Calliope (epic poetry)
    – Clio (history)
    – Euterpe (flutes and music)
    – Thalia (comedy and pastoral poetry)
    – Melpomene (tragedy)
    – Terpsichore (dance)
    – Erato (love poetry and lyric poetry)
    – Polyhymnia (sacred poetry)
    – Urania (astronomy)
For this challenge, I would like you to choose your muse. You can do this in any one of the following ways:

Write a poem invoking the Muse, and following in the long-established classical tradition.
Choose one of the nine Classical Muses and write a poem with her particular area of influence in mind (for example, choose Caliope and write a comedic poem)
Write a poem inspired by your own personal muse, whether that be an individual, a place, or anything else which fires your creativity. You can refer to your muse either directly or indirectly, but some form of reference to your muse as a source of inspiration should be included."

I have a substitute Muse
Thalia is on vacation.
The temp is not the same,
sense of humor–lame.
So I'm feeling the Museless blues.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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8 Responses to Absentee Muse

  1. very clever, enjoyed this very much


  2. sanaarizvi says:

    I so relate!! There are times when it completely leaves the arena while at others it rushes in like a storm! 💝💝


  3. memadtwo says:

    We all have those days…(K)


  4. Ingrid says:

    Well I am pleased you managed to compose these poetic blues, Museless or otherwise! 😉


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