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
The function of poetry is religious invocation of the muse; its use is the experience of mixed exaltation and horror that her presence excites.
So in all humours sportively I range; My muse is rightly of the English strain, That cannot long one fashion entertain.Michael Drayton
Their name, their years, spelt by the unlettered muse, The place of fame and elegy supply: And many a holy text around she strews, That teach the rustic moralist to die.thomas gray
There is no muse of philosophy, nor is there one of translation.walter benjamin
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
For pointed satire I would Buckhurst choose, The best good man with the worst-natured muse.wilmot, john, 2nd earl of rochester
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!
Thou best-humour'd man with the worst-humour'd muse.Oliver Goldsmith
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.
Tell me, muse, of the man of many ways, who was driven far journeys, after he had sacked Troy's sacred citadel. Many were they whose cities he saw, whose minds he learned of, many the pains he suffered in his spirit on the wide sea, struggling for his own life and the homecoming of his companions.
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.
....But words came halting forth, wanting Invention's stay, Invention, Nature's child, fled step-dame Study's blows, And others' feet still seemed but strangers in my way. Thus great with child to speak, and helpless in my throes, Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: "Fool," said my muse to me, "look in thy heart and write."philip sidney
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
Green, slender, leaf-clad holly-boughs Were twisted gracefu' round her brows, I took her for some Scottish muse, By that same token, An' come to stop those reckless vows, Would soon be broken.Robert Burns
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.