Muse (Paperback)
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Paperback 80 Pages / Published: 30/06/2013
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Beginning with an epigraph by Robert Graves, which asserts that "woman is muse or she is nothing," the poems in Muse explore the concepts of influence, creativity, and gender by evoking the tragic figure of Elizabeth Siddal.

As a model, then pupil, she married the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and although an artist and poet in her own right, Siddal is best known as a Victorian muse and the inspiration for her husband's paintings.

In sensual and evocative language, Dawn Marie Kresan shifts voices and perspectives, from Siddal's loss and heartbreak over her stillborn daughter to the poet's lighthearted reproach of artist William Holman Hunt's depiction of the Lady of Shalott.

Publisher: Tightrope Books
ISBN: 9781926639642
Number of pages: 80
Weight: 113 g
Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 8 mm


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"In her subtle and quietly insistent re-telling of the story of Elizabeth Siddal, Dawn Marie Kresan turns Robert Graves' well-known words--'Woman is muse or she is nothing'--inside out and upside down. . . . Wryly questioning her own poetic authority, Kresan treats the reader to versions of Siddal and takes us on delightfully imaginative flights of fancy." --Shawna Lemay, Winner of the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Stephan G. Stephannson Award for Poetry
"Explores a variety of themes around the concept of being female . . . written with great skill and sensitivity, exposing the plight of the female in a world run by men." --Rachel Carney, createdtoread.com

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