Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll.
Sappho is a great poet because she is a lesbian, which gives her erotic access to the muse. Sappho and the homosexual-tending Emily Dickinson stand alone above women poets, because poetry's mystical energies are ruled by a hierach requiring the sexual subordination of her petitioners. Women have achieved more as novelists than as poets because the social novel operates outside the ancient marriage of myth and eroticism.camille paglia
When I read Shakespeare I am struck with wonder That such trivial people should muse and thunder In such lovely language.
The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty to think, feel, do just as one pleases.We go on a journeychiefly to be free of all impediments and of all inconveniences; to leave ourselves behind, much moretoget rid of others.It is because I want a little breathing space to muse on different matters?that I absent myself from thetown for a while.
No more of courts, of triumphs, or of arms,No more of Valour’s force, or Beauty's charms!The themes of vulgar lays with just disdainI leave unsung, the flocks, the amorous swain,The pleasures of the land, and terrors of the main.How abject, how inglorious 'tis to lieGrovelling in dust and darkness, when on highEmpires immense, and rolling worlds of light,To range their heavenly scenes the muse invite!richard blackmore
Unless you can muse in a crowd all day On the absent face that fixed you; Unless you can love, as the angels may, With the breadth of heaven betwixt you; Unless you can dream that his faith is fast, Through behoving and unbehoving; Unless you can die when the dream is past Oh, never call it loving!
For pointed satire I would Buckhurst choose, The best good man with the worst-natured muse.
Cicala to cicala is dear, and ant to ant, and hawks to hawks, but to me the muse and song.
Grasshopper to grasshopper, ant to ant is dear, Hawks love hawks, but I the muse and song.
The tenth muse, who now governs the periodical press.Anthony Trollope
There's the wretched rent to pay,Yet I glower at pen and ink:Oh, inspire me, muse, I pray,It is later than you think!robert service
To feed your muse, then, you should always have been hungry about life since you were a child. If not, it is a little late to start.
There is no place for grief in a house which serves the muse.
Fain would I Raphael's godlike art rehearse, And show th' immortal labours in my verse, Where from themingled strength of shade and light A new creation rises to my sight, Such heavenly figures from his pencil flow, So warm with life his blended colours glow. From theme to theme with secret pleasure tost, Amidst the soft variety I 'm lost: Here pleasing airs my ravish'd soul confound With circling notes and labyrinths of sound; Here domes and temples rise in distant views, And opening palaces invite my muse.joseph addison
The tenth muse who now governs the periodical press.Anthony Trollope
When squint-eyed Slander plies the unhallow'd tongue, From poison'd maw when Treason weaves his line, And muse apostate (infamy to song!) Grovels, low muttering, at Sedition's shrine.james beattie
Statesman, yet friend to truth; of soul sincere, In action faithful, and in honour clear; Who broke no promise, serv'd no private end, Who gain'd no title, and who lost no friend; Ennobled by himself, by all approv'd, And prais'd, unenvy'd, by the muse he lov'd.Alexander Pope
Their name, their years, spelt by the unlettered muse.thomas gray
Two goddesses now must Cyprus adore; The Muses are ten, and the Graces are four; Stella's wit is so charming, so sweet her fair face, She shines a new Venus, a muse, and a Grace.
Two goddesses now must Cyprus adore; The Muses are ten, the Graces are four; Stella's wit is so charming, so sweet her fair face; She shines a new Venus, a muse, and a Grace.
Oh many a peer of England brews Livelier liquor than the muse, And malt does more than Milton can To justify God's ways to man.
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