The Muse of Epic Poetry

The Muse Calliope
The Muse Calliope.

Definition: In ancient poetry, the poet often invokes the muse or more than one muse. The idea is the same as the modern one -- that the muse helps the poet to write by inspiring him. When used in the singular, the muse is Calliope (Kalliope), one of the 9 muses of Greek mythology, when the genre is epic poetry. Calliope is often not named, but simply referred to as the muse. There were 9 muses, the daughters Zeus and Mnemosyne.

Pronunciation: /myuz/

Alternate Spellings: Kalliope

Examples: Odyssey Book I.1f
"Tell me, O Muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy."

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