Monday, August 18, 2014

Third Monday Musing


By Morris Dean

This column's regular host, Eric Meub, is taking a pause from musing. In the interim, we'll be using his Third Monday slot for whatever other musings might come along, keeping the slot readily available for Eric's brand of musings whenever he's ready to start again. We all look forward to his return.

"brand of musing" raises the question to what extent people's musings are attributable to them versus attributable to their muse. And who is the muse, or which "goddess of the inspiration of literature, science and the arts" is it? You can read more about them easily in Wikipedia: "Muse."
The nine muses – Calliope, Clio, Euterpe, Erato, Melpomene,
Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia and Urania [on a Roman sarcophagus]

    No one I know invokes any of these goddesses anyway but metaphorically, although some believing Christians seem to have cast Jesus in the muse's role and don't seem to be indulging in metaphor when they pray for his inspiration.

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