Bullfinch’s Mythology

“Bullfinch’s Mythology”

Greeks say that Eros, born of chaos
clings to Erebus and Earth.
Born of delight from the egg of night,
filled with fervor; full of worth.

Eros issues from her womb more love,
from such darkness sets men free
from the egg of night, born of delight;
as duplicitous does man conceive.

Eros arrows pierces pain in life;
takes away consuming grief,
born of delight from the egg of night
stealing all man’s mem`ry like a thief.

The monster, Cronus, conspired but failed:
endless love contains no time.
From the egg of night, born of delight;
birth of Eros forever divine.

(inspiration and source for this poem:  found a paperback of Bullfinch’s Mythology at the flea market for ten cents! )

The FORM:  The ZaniLa Rhyme is an interesting, modern repeating form  created by Laura Lamarca, and consists of at least two 4-line stanzas (although three or more stanzas are preferable).
RHYME SCHEME:   Stanza 1=  a,b,c1/c2, b   Stanza 2=a,b,c2/c1, b     Stanza 3=a,b,c1,c2,b  and so on… Syllable count: 9,7, 9,9

As you can see, Line 3 is a Repeating Line, which contains an internal rhyme and is repeated in each alternate stanza as in the first stanza. Each even stanza line contains the same line but with the two parts of the internal rhyme swapped. There is no maximum poem length.

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3 Comments on “Bullfinch’s Mythology”

  1. Hannah Gosselin
    August 16, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    Sweet!! I love where your inspiration came from, Jackie! You inspire me to go to a flea market!

    “Eros arrows pierces pain in life;
    takes away consuming grief,”

    Love this and all!


    • jacquelinecaseypoetry
      August 17, 2013 at 4:21 am #

      Hi Hannah! glad you like it. Not a bad buy for so much inspiration, huh? Where else can you have so much fun for ten cents? But seriously, the classics, like Bullfinch are not usually lying around at the flea or goodwill stores. The book is old and grungy and yellow, but who cares? I never could get all those Greek and Roman Gods straight, could you? You know, the thing I found most interesting: the Greeks looked at their world as a simple, round, flat plate with a river running through it and around it. And, they conveniently put themselves (Olympus) right in the middle of that plate! Their world view so different from ours! But what an imagination they had! Their Gods and Goddesses had more of the same into infinity! I could never memorize them all.



      • Hannah Gosselin
        August 17, 2013 at 11:31 am #

        I love all those myths!! No, I could never keep them straight…not for long any way…I think I memorized some of it in school! I LOVE the description of the book…I feel a poem inside just that…lurking. 🙂 Maybe even from the books perspective.! ♥ to you


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