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The white goddess : a historical grammar of poetic myth / Robert Graves ; edited by Grevel Lindop.

By: Graves, Robert, 1895-1985.
Contributor(s): Lindop, Grevel, 1948-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookNew York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013Description: xxiv, 520 pages ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780374289331 (pbk.); 0374289336 (pbk.).Subject(s): Poetry | Mythology | Welsh poetry -- History and criticismDDC classification: 809.1
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The definitive edition of one of the more extraordinary and influential books of our time

This labyrinthine and extraordinary book, first published more than sixty years ago, was the outcome of Robert 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 explores the sources of his own inspiration and, as he believed, all true poetry.
Incorporating all of Graves's final revisions, his replies to two of the original reviewers, and an essay describing the months of illumination in which The White Goddess was written, this is the definitive edition of one of the most influential books of our time.

Includes index.


Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Editorial Introduction (p. vii)
  • The White Goddess (p. 1)
  • 'In Dedication' (p. 3)
  • Foreword (p. 5)
  • i Poets and Gleemen (p. 13)
  • ii The Battle of the Trees (p. 23)
  • iii Dog, Roebuck and Lapwing (p. 44)
  • iv The White Goddess (p. 56)
  • v Gwion's Riddle (p. 70)
  • vi A Visit to Spiral Castle (p. 93)
  • vii Gwion's Riddle Solved (p. 108)
  • viii Hercules on the Lotus (p. 118)
  • ix Gwion's Heresy (p. 135)
  • x The Tree Alphabet [1] (p. 160)
  • xi The Tree Alphabet [2] (p. 184)
  • xii The Song of Amergin (p. 200)
  • xiii Palamedes and the Cranes (p. 217)
  • xiv The Roebuck in the Thicket (p. 238)
  • xv The Seven Pillars (p. 251)
  • xvi The Holy Unspeakable Name of God (p. 264)
  • xvii The Lion with the Steady Hand (p. 293)
  • xviii The Bull-footed God (p. 305)
  • xix The Number of the Beast (p. 333)
  • xx A Conversation at Paphos - 43 AD (p. 340)
  • xxi The Waters of Styx (p. 355)
  • xxii The Triple. Muse (p. 374)
  • xxiii Fabulous Beasts (p. 400)
  • xxiv The Single Poetic Theme (p. 413)
  • xxv War in Heaven (p. 433)
  • xxvi Return of the Goddess (p. 465)
  • xxvii Postscript 1960 (p. 479)
  • Appendix A Two Letters to the Press (p. 485)
  • Appendix B The White Goddess: A Talk (p. 489)
  • Index (p. 505)