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The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth [Kindle Edition]

Robert Graves

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This labyrinthine and extraordinary book, first published more than fifty years ago, was the outcome of Graves's vast reading and curious research into strange territories of folklore, mythology, religion and magic. Erudite and impassioned, it is a scholar-poet's quest for the meaning of European myths, a polemic about the relations between man and woman, and also an intensely personal document in which Graves explored the sources of his own inspiration and, as he believed, all true poetry.

This new edition has been prepared by Grevel Lindop, who has written an illuminating introduction. The text of the book incorporates all Graves's final revisions, as well as his replies totwo of the original reviewers, and a long essay in which he describes the months of inspiration in which The White Goddess was written.



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1807 KB
  • Print Length: 548 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0571174256
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non Fiction; 2Rev Ed edition (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004N3CBBQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars God Should Be A Woman 5 July 2011
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God should be a woman is the conclusion of this very esoteric work. It is not an easy read but a fascinating one to be digested in small bites and many meals.

And yes the book begins when god indeed was a woman pre Christianity.....pre the Christian takeover of England where the ancient goddess ruled. Graves takes us back to the nature of this great hag in her many forms and shows how the actual formation of language and written music began. Believe it or not it began with the trees of Gt Britain....the syntax of the English language that is and merges with the hand which of course goes deeper into our organs which Graves doesn't much go into but a student of acupuncture might take us there. It is just simply a fascinating work and requires patience and faith to pull through to the end where all the worlds problems are solved. Ok I'm being funny but Graves goes into the effects of a masculine god on our nature and sensibilities and shows what it has done to us and why we need a return to Mother Nature.

It is a weak ending but it shouldn't be. There is much to reflect on in this book and I highly recommend it. It will open up your world.
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