Mnemosyne (nee MAHS ih nee) was a goddess in Greek mythology
. She was one of the Titans
, one of the sons and daughters of Uranus
. After the defeat of the Titans by the Olympian
and he spent nine hot sweaty nights with Mnemosyne. She gave birth to the nine Muses
, the nine patron goddesses of the arts.
She was the goddess of memory
. Her name means memory in Greek
, which is where we get words like "mnemonic
". I recently came across an interesting note on the significance of Mnemosyne. "The Greeks, who understood the artistic process very well, were apt at describing it as springing from a union between creative thrusting nature and fertile memory." (Bernard Evslin, Gods, Demigods, and Demons
in the country I remember.
How warm a wind
blew here about the ways!
And shadows on the hillside lay to slumber
During the long sun
It's cold abroad the country I remember.
s veering skimmed the golden grain
At midday with a wing aslant and limber;
And yellow cattle
browsed upon the plain
It's empty down the country I remember.
I had a sister lovely in my sight:
Her hair was dark, her eyes were very sombre;
We sang together in the woods at night.
It's lonely in the country I remember.
The babble of our children fills my ears,
And on our hearth I stare the perished ember
To flames that show all starry thro' my tears.
It's dark about the country I remember.
There are the mountains where I lived. The path
Is slushed with cattle-tracks and fallen timber,
The stumps are twisted by the tempest
But that I knew these places are my own,
I'd ask how came such wretchedness to cumber
, and I to people it alone.
It rains across the country I remember.