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A small introduction to the nine muses:
In Random Magic, Winnie and Henry meet nine sisters, who inspire great works of art. These are the Nine Muses:
(Under the slide show their are summaries for each muse. Also, press the Sound button, next to the word 'Slide' to hear the music, it flows with the pics!)
*Calliope (nicknamed ‘Callie’ in the book) is the Muse of epic poetry.
In Random Magic, Callie is the firstborn of the nine sisters. She writes all the time, has an infinite library, and knows every writer who ever was or ever will be born. Her fiery red hair represents the power of imagination and creative ability, and the courage to see beyond what is to what could be. Her(Kalliope) means "beautiful-voiced", and she was historically credited with being Homer’s muse, and the inspiration for the . Her son Orpheus was famous for his musical and lyrical ability, and called “the father of songs.” In artworks depicting Calliope (Callie), she's always seen with a writing tablet in her hand. At times, she's depicted carrying a roll of paper or a book, or wearing a gold crown, to signify her incomparable talent in writing, and her role as the oldest and wisest of the Nine Muses.
*Clio is the Muse of history.
In Random Magic, Clio is only mentioned by name, and we don’t meet her, as she’s off somewhere with her magical globes and maps, trying to sort out history. Her name was derived from the Greek verb kleô, "to make famous.”
*Erato (nicknamed ‘Mori’ in the book) is the Muse of love poetry or erotic poetry.
In Random Magic, Mori is seen in the background, having a lover’s quarrel with the god of love. Her name means "desired" or "lovely" in Greek. In artworks depicting Erato (Mori), she’s often shown holding a lyre and wearing a . She’s also often shown holding a golden arrow -- yes, like the arrows in Cupid’s bow -- in tribute to the feeling of “eros,” or erotic love, that she inspires in the hearts of mankind.
*Euterpe, sometimes spelled Efterpe (nicknamed ‘Effie’ in the book) is the Muse of lyric poetry and music.
In Random Magic, Effie is a master violinist and pianist, and composes wonderful new musical works, just by thinking about them. Her works in progress float around her head as magical musical notes. She has a pleasant, friendly and romantic personality, and she’s friends with every great composer from the past, present and future. Her Greek name means “to please,” and she was also called the “giver of delight,” in honor of her ability to inspire heavenly music. In artworks depicting Efterpe (Effie), she’s usually shown carrying a flute.
*Melpomene (nicknamed ‘Mellie’ in the book) the Muse of tragedy.
In Random Magic, Mellie is a bit of a handful, and a marvelously talented but outlandishly theatrical drama queen who’s immediately bored without an audience to appreciate her latest electrifying performance.
* (nicknamed ‘Polly’ in the book) is the Muse of eloquence, sacred hymns, and pantomime.
In Random Magic, Polly’s a moody writer of theatrical or divine works of drama, who nevertheless is really cheerful and pleasant company, when she has time to look up from her latest work of art. In artworks depicting Polyhymnia (Polly), she’s often shown as being serious or pensive, dressed in a long cloak or veil, resting her elbow on a pillar.
(nicknamed ‘Cora’ in the book) is the Muse of choral songs and dance.
In Random Magic, Cora is a dedicated but feisty and highly temperamental dancer and choreographer who flies off the handle with lazy dancers, or anyone who interrupts her work. In artworks depicting Terpsichore (Cora), she’s often shown accompanying her dancers on a lyre. Her name comes from the Greek words τέρπω ("delight") and χoρός ("dance"), and is the source of the English word “terpsichorean,” which means “of or relating to dance.” She’s also said to be the mother of the deadly Sirens, whose enchanted singing lured mortal men to their deaths.
*Thalia is the Muse of comedy.
We only briefly meet Thalia in Random Magic, while she’s misbehaving (again) while sliding down a celestial banister.Thalia is the eighth, and second youngest, of the Nine Muses, which is why she’s shown to be quite young in Random Magic, and why her comedy (in the book) is of the prankish, immature variety.The name Thalia is spelled Θάλεια in Greek, and derives from the same stem as θάλλειν "to bloom". In artworks depicting Thalia, she’s often shown holding a comedy mask, a shepherd’s staff, or a wreath of ivy.
*Urania (nicknamed ‘Rainy’ in the book) is the Muse of astronomy.
In Random Magic, Rainy is the baby of the family, so she’s still a newborn when we meet her. But she’ll grow up to be the celestial Muse of astronomy and astrology, which is why she’s most comfortable floating among the planets in her sister’s planetarium, in her baby bassinet of stars. In artworks depicting Urania (Rainy), she’s often shown carrying a globe in her left hand. She’s able to foretell the future by the arrangement of the stars, and seen dressed in a cloak embroidered with stars.
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