The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth [NOOK Book]

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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 mysterious power of "pure poetry" and its ...
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Overview



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 mysterious power of "pure poetry" and its peculiar and mythic language.

The classic study of the ancient cult-ritual of the White Goddess as the key to the language and themes of "true poetry."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374710385
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 264,364
  • File size: 3 MB

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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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  • Posted June 14, 2009

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    Barnes and Noble once again demonstrates that they try to provide their customers with the very best of writings containing historical information for study and research. This may well be the best book ever written on the subject and certainly no other is as comprehensive with a true poet's explanation. I have had several copies of the book since 1975 and it has been a constant companion. I have it with me wherever I go and it is near my pillow at night. I read various sections and go from the basic reading to the referenced material (all the writing cites specific references) such as the Bible or other book I have brought along for study. For the person of religion, Graves guides you to readings that you might have simply skimmed in your other readings of the same material. He instructs you on the poetical method and you begin to get a sense of what a writer/poet thinks and feels as he puts pen to paper. Use this book and work with the examples that he gives of how poets think and what a poetic writing is based on. Study this and then read the Bible while in a poetic state of mind. It certainly becomes far more comprehensible. Graves passed in 1985. He was a devout Catholic but not a rigid thinker. He was a very intelligent person who had a unique ability to communicate with his audience and who's writings would actually teach something well worth knowing. Do not miss this book. It is definitely library and reference material and I do not believe that any other book surpasses it in depth and comprehension for research purposes. It is definitely useful for research and...much of the referenced material can be obtained thrrough Barnes and Noble. No other book was ever written with the passion that became this book. It is informative, enlightening, thrilling, and exciting. This is a must have book which should be accompanied by other Graves material.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

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    The Difference Between "True" and "Factual"

    The sordid history of conflict between science and religion can be summed up by saying that something can be true without being factual, and factual without being true (although it's certianly appreciated when the two coincide).

    This book, though not particularly factual is nonetheless completely true.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2010

    How We Got the Da Vinci Code

    When I picked this book up, I thought that it was a serious history of early religions. I was entirely wrong. Graves presents his extremely idiosyncratic view of early religion, willfully linking the British Druids with the Essenes, etc. He relies on solipsistic arguments and frequently declares that it simply "must be" this. He even regards his own poetic inspiration as a valid instrument of truth. This is a fascinating book to read if you want to know more about Graves (I, Claudius). His fiction skills are apparent in several sections, such as one in which he presents a conversation between two Romans about the titular White Goddess. However, I cannot recommend this for anyone looking for a serious, scholarly account.

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