Sunday, September 25, 2011

POETRY PICNIC WK 6 : Stories from Mythology, Culture and of life


Hello, Friends, This is Shashi, the host for the Sixth week of creativity and enjoyment at 

The Gooseberry Garden for Poetry Picnic Week 6.

Last week's poetry picnic was great  because the topic got powerful verses.. from the incredible community of poets such as YOU here. Thank YOU very much.

This week is going to be very interesting as we are going to touch upon some lovely stories from ‘Mythology, Culture and of life’ where you are could share your own stories inspired by mythology or your own thoughts or stories from life, that has touched you deeply...

But before that let me tell you what we are going to do next week...

Next week we are going talk about “Love and Loss” whispering our own feelings... deeply seated within our self and give it a chance to come out in the open and see how it feels to live it... or let it go.

Now coming back to our topic this week ....

POETRY PICNIC WK 6 : Stories from Mythology, Culture and of life

Birth of Venus - Painting by Botticelli c. 1486
The English imagination was fired by Greek mythology starting with Chaucer and John Milton and continuing through Shakespeare to Robert Bridges in the 20th century. Racine in France and Goethe in Germany revived Greek drama, reworking the ancient myths.  Although during the Enlightenment of the 18th century reaction against Greek myth spread throughout Europe, the myths continued to provide an important source of raw material for dramatists, including those who wrote the libretti for many of Handel's and Mozart's operas. By the end of the 18th century, Romanticism initiated a surge of enthusiasm for all things Greek, including Greek mythology. In Britain, new translations of Greek tragedies and Homer inspired contemporary poets (such as Alfred Lord Tennyson, Keats, Byron and Shelley) and painters (such as Lord Leighton and Lawrence Alma-Tadema) Christoph Gluck, Richard Strauss, Jacques Offenbach and many others set Greek mythological themes to music.

In a very broad sense, the word mythology can refer to any traditional story so I am going to share one beautiful story...


Birth of Athena (Greek)
Zeus came to lust after Metis and chased her in his direct way. Metis tried to escape, going so far as to change her form many times by turning into various creatures, such as hawks, fish, and serpents. However, Zeus was both determined and equally proficient in changing form. He continued his pursuit until she relented.

An Oracle of Gaea then prophesied that Metis' first child would be a girl, but her second child would be a boy that would overthrow Zeus as had happened to his father and grandfather. Zeus took this warning to heart. When he next saw Metis, he flattered her and put her at her ease. Then, with Metis off guard Zeus, suddenly opened his mouth and swallowed her. This was the end of Metis, but possibly the beginning of Zeus' wisdom.

After a time Zeus developed the mother of all headaches. He howled so loudly it could be heard throughout the earth. The other gods came to see what the problem was. Hermes realized what needed to be done and directed Hephaestus to take a wedge and split open Zeus's skull. Out of the skull sprang Athena, full grown and in a full set of armour. Due to her manner of birth, Athena has dominion over all things of the intellect.

Image and Text Source - Wikipedia

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Please share your talent, comment below to let us know you are here or report any problems you have, and read some very talented artists! Have Fun! 
______
Shashi 
 नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya

42 comments:

Jingle Poetry said...

Welcome to Poetry Picnic Week 6,

Share, either a theme fitting piece, or free style poetry with us today.

All is welcome!

Looking forward to reading you,

BEST Regards.
xoxox

bsain said...

Hey Jingle!
Look at that... I'm the second to post! Yay!
Looking forward to many good reads this week -- let the reading begin!

Jingle Poetry said...

bsain, you rock.

Glad to see you back.

Smiles.

roughwaterjohn said...

Great prompt, thanks! I consider these two about mythology, but they're myths I created, rather than existing legends. I hope that works out. :-)

Jingle Poetry said...

welcome sharing, John.

Thanks.

The Gooseberry Garden said...

Hello,

your poetry treats keep our GARDEN full of energy and resources.

Thanks for your time and selfless efforts.

keep your talent soaring high,
Bless your week!
Enjoy A Beautiful Monday Ahead.

Morning said...

Welcome, Friends, I am reading you now.

off I go,

Thanks for the charming poetry shared here.

Hugs and Blessings.

xoxox

Lord Emmanuel said...

I'm in this week after some few weeks off.

I do hope everybody have a wonderful picnic of poetry and a fruitful week ahead.

thingy said...

Ooh, I like picnic baskets.

Morning said...

Welcome Back, Lord Emmanuel,

Welcome and enjoy, Thingy.


:)

your guys are angels.

The Cello Strings said...

Will read you tomorrow.

off to take care of some other business.

Thanks for the prompt, Shashi.

Elaine Danforth said...

Hi Jingle Poetry or Shashi,
I accidentally made a mistake, so my second link, #37. does not work. I cannot figure out how to delete it. I added the correct link after I realized this, so the list makes it look like I've linked in 4 poems, but it's really only 3.

Please advise.

Elaine

Kay said...

I am very happy to be a part of Poetry Picnic. I have entered a cultural medley and also, I have entered a piece that was entered into the Thursday Poet's Rally as it fits in with Greek Mythology. I hope you enjoy. As ever, I am so looking forward to reading everyone's work! It is one of my greatest joys to have made your acquaintance. Blessings! xoXox

Devilzangel said...

participatin finally, in Gooseberry Garden after it commenced :D
i absolutely luvvv d themes though :D b it jingle poetry o gooseberry garden :D

Daydreamertoo said...

Thanks for organising this Shasti, Jingle and others, it must take an awful lot of work to do.

Teresa Marie said...

I'm having problems trying to post comments to some of the blogger sites! It won't let me do it under my google account and sometimes not even my wordpress site will work. It looks like I'm not reading some of these when I am :( I don't know what is wrong. Thanks, Terri

Jingle Poetry said...

Teresa Marie:

You may need to take a break for a day or two, come back reading.

Change your email address or use a public library computer to see it works better or not.

Also:

click on "Tools", to clear the browse history of your home computer, Good Luck.

California Ink in Motion said...

Jingle, Thank you for the forum to share my poems. Have a wonderful week. I am off for surgery on hand and wrist due to a work fall so I will be taking a break typing. I will try to read these wonderful entrys.

Jingle Poetry said...

California Ink in Motion,

bless you, hand surgery, good luck, my dearest friend. It will heal, I pray for you.

Take good care, and recover in No time.

love you and glad to see you here.

anjum artwriter said...

A Challenge this week but deeply interesting
My Story
http://poeticocean.blogspot.com/2011/09/poem-in-response-topoetry-picnic-wk-6.html

cheryl said...

Thanks for the invite Jingle, I'm in :)

celticsea said...

I thought of writing a series of poems about the Greek myths. "Blame it on Persephone!" was my first attempt, but I have yet to try a second!

Susie Clevenger said...

Mine is a reflection on my past...those were the days...

Fyodor Lewis said...

I got two up. One about self-pity and letting go of it and another about a certain famous character from Greek mythology. Enjoy!

Dave King said...

Great prompt, as always. I have been a bit creative with the myth, though. Thanks for all the hard work which quite obviously went in to preparing this.

Heaven said...

Thanks for the prompt. This is my first time to write about a mythology.

I have shared the story of Persephone.

Looking forward to reading the posts of others.

haikulovesongs said...

wonderful post ~ thank you so much, Shashi! and thank you, Jingle, and everyone else involved for all the effort you're putting into The Gooseberry Garden! ♥ dani

kez said...

I wrote this one a few months ago it is about modern culture and affected people in the UK deeply . I also believe a lot of urban myths will spring from what occurred many thanks x

tekia said...

HI! I'm linked up! Happy Potluck :-)

Morning said...

welcome,

Thanks for the lovely submissions.

your efforts count here.

Kathy Bischoping said...

My first time -- better late than never!

emanita01 said...

Hi, I enjoyed reading this post and, especially enjoyed learning about how "Athena, has dominion over all things of the intellect."

Hope what I posted fits in with the prompt. Have a great day/weeK!

Morning said...

welcome, Kathy, Emanita01..

Uneven Stephen said...

I'm sharing a poem that was inspired by a couple different mythical tales. Thanks!

Purvi said...

Thanks a million trillion for the awards and the immense honor!! Have been extremely busy with the most important festival season going on in my country.. The Navratri festival celebrating the might and light of the great Hindu mythological deity, Goddess Durga. :) The poem too is about the absolute strength of a woman.. in a way, celebrating all the woman bloggers here.. esp, our very very dear Jingle who began this lovely movement of bringing us all together. ~* Hence, A dedication to women on the occassion of Navratri, a Hindu Festival & prayer season, celebrating the power and might of woman, as empowered by the Goddess Durga *~:))

juca2 said...

Glad to be a part of this. Look forward to reading some great writing! // Peter.

Miss Kitten said...

Nice theme this week. I dug up a piece from several months ago. Hope you like it!

The Cello Strings said...
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Morning said...

welcome, Peter, Miss Kitten.

Morning said...

welcome, Peter, Miss Kitten.

ccchampagne said...

Late to the picnic this time, and with a piece that is slightly off topic... But the image I found while scouring the internet for an illustration brought up a very important piece of history that we can't be reminded of enough... Myth? Unfortunately not, though some people still insist so.

Isadora said...

So happy to be a part of this challenge. I enjoy them all. Thanks for encouraging the writer in me to continue to push myself to greater limits.
Namaste,
Isadora