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Melpomene [Paperback]

Gwendolyn Taunton

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13 Nov 2012
Melpomene is a collection of poetry, prose and short fiction named after the Greek Muse of Tragedy. The central theme of the anthology is the beauty found in sorrow and the darker sides of human nature, drawing on literary traditions such as the 'Damned Poets', the Decadent Movement, Symbolism/Surrealism and the Fin de siècle. Melpomene is broken into four sections: Liber Veneficium (Book of Magic), Liber Maeroris (Book of Sorrow), Liber Fatum (Book of Fate), and Liber Mortuorum (Book of Death). Each section contains both new and classic literature dealing with these themes. Authors in this volume include Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, William Blake, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Gwendolyn Taunton, Azsacra Zarathustra, Math Jones, Bernardo Sena, J. Karl Bogartte, C. B. Liddell, James WF Roberts, Christopher Pankhurst, H. A. Cledones, Tamas Nagyatadi Horvath, L. Alexander Carle, Bill Noble, Marg Howlet, Ivor Steven and Gene Banyard. Containing works both old and new, Melpomene offers a prime selection of works on the melancholic side of existence, the transformational beauty of the esoteric, occult secrets hidden in verse, sorrow, doom and the inevitable grasp of death. Melpomene will haunt the reader with a dark and unearthly beauty that is both forbidden and forlorn...

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great literary work for our time 10 Jan 2013
By flfostermom - Published on Amazon.com
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Did you ever wonder what happened to literary works like the ones that we read in high school and college? I remember how much I loved poetry and prose in high school because it was a such a challenge to find the true meaning behind the poems and literary works. Melpomene is a great collection of works that are filled with sorrowful and beautiful poetry. I think it's fitting that it's named Melpomene after the Greek Muse of Tragedy. This book is a definite must read if you have any interest in great literary works.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 Jan 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This in interesting anthology of themed works, including poetry, prose and surrealist fiction. It is of interest not only because it contains classic pieces by poets such as Baudelaire and Poe, but also because it introduces us to new and equally provocative writers who really do know who to hit a readers nerves and through them off edge. Some of the pieces are sorrowful, some are beautiful and some are extremely intense. It's easy to tell that the writers here are not amateurs, but expert authors who are destined to one day be well-known. Unlike most poetry anthologies which contain only a couple of readable pieces, these pieces are designed to be high-impact, and love them or hate them, they will make the reader think. Likewise, I would expect these writers not to fade away into obscurity, and too see much more of their working the future. A must read for anyone who looking who appreciates the arts and fine literature.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Read 28 Dec 2012
By Bookish Gal 4vr - Published on Amazon.com
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As a lover of poetry I truly appreciated the format of this book the mix of long prose and short fiction was well structured and edited. The words flowed beautifully across the pages and I was able to the simply take them in and absorb. Being able to find the thin sliver of light in the darkness is a gift that I think the author possesses. Instead of feeling down and saddened because of the dark words I was left feeling nice and light.
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