Where Have All the Muses Gone?
"Whatever happened to the Muse? She was once the female figure -- deity, Platonic ideal, mistress, lover, wife -- whom poets and painters called upon for inspiration. Thus Homer in the Odyssey, the West's first great work of literary art: "Sing to me of the man, Muse, of twists and turns driven time and again off course." For hundreds of years, in one form or another, the Muse's blessing and support were often essential to the creation of art."
--the article's worth perusing just for the art show of muses from Rembrandt through Picasso, if nothing else.
Are muses still alive? Do you have a muse?
In any case, “Muse” is also the name of the Lit Center’s magazine! So we can celebrate the Muses right here.