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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic myth explained, 4 April 2011
This review is from: The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth (Paperback)
Robert Graves himself says that poetic myth is an instinctive retelling of the old stories that never basically change. It is only the content that varies with each recitation, the meaning is always the same.
I had a copy of this for my GCE A Level many years ago, and it was invaluable to interpret W.B. Yeat's poetry. Since then I have often referred to it, and even once read it through complete.
It is incredibly difficult sometimes, but really rewarding, and to me far more useful than Fraser's Golden Bough. Celtic myth and Druidic history have suffered with the passage of time, but once you have read Graves' book you will never look at any literature again in the same way, but see the little sparkling reminders of the Goddess herself still waiting to catch the unwary!
If you are really serious about our past, whether literature, myth or legend, then this is the book to have on your shelf.
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