Oh for a Starry Night

A humble new collection of poetry inspired by the stars, planets and constellations, along with a healthy dose of Greek and Roman mythology. Available as an ebook and paperback.

starry night

Description

Myth, mythology and the legends of old. Stories of gods, fantastic beasts and humans. These are part of the canon of tradition and lore of the stellar constellations and heavenly bodies that make up the starry night that we see.

Experience arcane knowledge in this metaphorical pantheon where the dead gods of ages gone by are honoured poetically.

The night sky is an incredible sight. Filled with such beauty and grace, the celestial sphere is awe inspiring. This collection of poems is an attempt to capture some of that beauty and the tradition and history that have resulted in the lore that has grown up around the constellations and heavenly bodies. Heavily inspired by Greek and Roman mythology the wisdom of the ancients makes the universe in which we live a fascinating and vibrant place.

We all interact with the world around us in different ways, but this poetry is my way of sharing the connection that I feel, and the emotions that are sparked in me, by the glory of the night sky. Join me on my personal celestial adventure and the wonders of a starry night.

It should be borne in mind that there are a multitude of different myths, traditions, legends, stories and so on about each of the constellations, planets, the Gods and no one knows the true origin of a lot of the names of these. This is a fictional, poetic interpretation of some of those ideas and stories.

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Excerpt:

Cancer – The Crab

Proud Hercules,
Son of Zeus born,
A dozen tasks for to complete
At Jealous Hera’s behest

To test his strength,
Courage and prowess,
To prove himself,
A worthy heir

In that second,
Charge to complete,
Battle the Hydra,
Leanon’s curse

Nine heads, regenerative,
Upon a snakes body,
Or possibly a dragons,
A truly fearsome beast

Brave Hercules battled,
The ferocious brute,
Cleaving heads,
As fast as he could

His nephew Iolas,
Seared the cuts,
Halting the growth,
Of heads anew

Bitter Hera sent a crab,
Gigantic in size,
To distract the warrior
And foil his goal

As the crab pounced,
And grabbed his foot,
Valiant Hercules,
It did crush

Severing the final,
Head absolute,
The Hydra vanquished,
Hercules victorious

Hera shamed,
Hercules honoured,
Zeus placed in the heavens,
A starry crab

Homer and Greek Gods

Poseidon

I have now, finally, completed Homer’s, ‘The Odyssey’, and having completed ‘The Iliad some time back I am quite satisfied with my progress. As I did with ‘The Iliad’, I have been having a few problems with the names of the gods. Surely in a Greek epic it would make sense to use the Greek names for the gods, but no, they had to use the Roman ones. I guess that this is because George Chapman’s translation was based on an earlier Latin translation.

So for a little light relief after finishing these epics, and they certainly are, I decided to muse on which of the Greek gods, which Olympian, I would consider my favourite. Would it be one of the big three, Zeus, Poseidon and Hades, or one of the others. Then I thought that I would ask you guys which one was your favourite and why, so here’s mine.

My favourite has to be Poseidon (Neptune) purely because I have always been drawn to water in general, and the sea in particular. He’s pretty good with oceans, and I could do with his help at the moment. He also has a pretty fancy trident, that I would just love to be able to stroll around town with, although I am sure the law would take a pretty dim view of it.

Anyway who is your favourite Greek God and why?