The White Goddess

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The White Goddess: a Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth is a book-length essay on the nature of poetic myth-making by English writer Robert Graves. First published in 1948, the book is based on earlier articles published in Wales magazine; corrected, revised and enlarged editions appeared in 1948, 1952 and 1961. The White Goddess represents an approach to the study of mythology from a decidedly creative and idiosyncratic perspective. Graves proposes the existence of a European deity, the "White Goddess of Birth, Love and Death", much similar to the Mother Goddess, inspired and represented by the phases of the Moon, who lies behind the faces of the diverse goddesses of various European and pagan mythologies.[1]

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The White Goddess
First US edition
AuthorRobert Graves
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreMythology, poetry
PublisherFaber & Faber (UK)
Creative Age Press (US)
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Graves argues that "true" or "pure" poetry is inextricably linked with the ancient cult-ritual of his proposed White Goddess and of her son.