“Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.” —Salvatore Quasimodo

An Early Poem

Like a dragon,
You poisoned the land—
When you roared at the Earth
In your thunder,
Nothing green could live.
A flood fell from the mountain:
You, Inanna,
Foremost in Heaven and Earth,
Lady riding a beast,
You rained fire
On the heads of men.
Did you know?
One of the earliest poems attributed to a specific author is the “Hymn to Inanna.” It was written circa 2285-2250 BC by Enheduanna, Princess Imperial of Sumer and Akkad. Enheduanna was a high priestess in the city of Ur (Ancient Iraq) and daughter of Sumerian King Sargon II of Akkad. In her poem, Enheduanna describes Inanna, the goddess of sexual love, fertility, and warfare who traveled in myth to-and-from the Underworld. Read more

Excerpt from Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women, Jane Hirshfield (Editor)

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