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Creativity and The Muse: The History of the Muse

Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary and to a new lesson. Today we’re looking at the history of the muse. And it was so much fun to go through and find what information I could about them. 

The Muses are inspirational goddess of literature, science and art. The 9 muses are:

  • Calliope was the Muse who represented epic poetry. Her implement was the writing tablet.
  • Clio was the Muse who had to do with history and she was always associated with holding a scroll.
  • Euterpe was the Muse of lyrical poetry and music, and is always shown with an aulos (flute).
  • Thalia represented both comedy and pastoral poetry and she was associated with the comic mask.
  • Melpomene was the Muse of tragedy and her item was the tragic mask.
  • Terpsichore was the Muse of dance and she was always associated with the lyre.
  • Erato was always associated with love poetry. She had a type of lyre called the cithara.
  • Polyhymnia represented sacred poetry and she was always depicted with a veil.
  • Urania was the Muse of astronomy and she had a globe and compass.

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