63rd Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 63rd Virtual Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

For our return to the classics, we’re going to visit the Greeks.  Let’s check out an excerpt from the epic poem The Iliad by Homer, book 1, lines 1-14:

Achilles’ wrath, to Greece the direful spring
Of woes unnumber’d, heavenly goddess, sing!
That wrath which hurl’d to Pluto’s gloomy reign
The souls of mighty chiefs untimely slain;
Whose limbs unburied on the naked shore,
Devouring dogs and hungry vultures tore.
Since great Achilles and Atrides strove,
Such was the sovereign doom, and such the will of Jove!

Declare, O Muse! in what ill-fated hour
Sprung the fierce strife, from what offended power
Latona’s son a dire contagion spread,
And heap’d the camp with mountains of the dead;
The king of men his reverent priest defied,
And for the king’s offence the people died.

Let me know your thoughts, ideas, feelings, impressions. Let’s have a great discussion…pick a line, pick an image, pick a sentence.

I’ve you missed the other Virtual Poetry Circles. It’s never too late to join the discussion.


  1. I had to read this in high school, but I must’ve slept through those classes. I don’t really know much about this epic, but I actually agree with Toni that it’s a beautiful, in terms of structure and flow.
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  2. All I know is that is is quite beautiful. I can seem to follow it when I am reading, but would be hard pressed to really come up with an intelligent thought. Really really gorgeous….

  3. I’m going to have to listen to this being read one day.
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