The Muse as fluffball

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Nastya1976, Jul 9, 2017.

  1. Nastya1976 Senior Member

  2. Florentia52

    Florentia52 Modwoman in the attic

    English - United States
    Please provide some context here, Nastya1976. Is there more to the sentence? What is being discussed? What are the sentences before and after this phrase? You are allowed to quote up to four in all.
  3. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    The City of New York
    USA - English
    Nastya, do you understand the idea of a "muse" as person who gives a poet or writer inspiration? In Greek myth, the muses were wise goddesses, who inspired the poet to create great works. Think of (or if you don't know them already, look them up....) the opening lines of the Iliad, or the Odyssey, or the Aeneid, in which the Muse is asked to inspire the poet to tell the story. Atwood is turning that idea upside down: her idea is that "stupid women" are really the source of literature, and so the real Muse is not a wise goddess, but is instead a "fluffball": that is, an airhead; a featherbrain; an intellectual lightweight -- in other words, someone stupid.
  4. Nastya1976 Senior Member

    It's from a little poem in prose (It can be found if clicking the link up here).

    I think the phrase is a metaphor.

    Here is context:

    Just before the phrase the Author describes the hard fate of stupid women: they flee from their incest-minded stepfathers; make inappropriate marital choices and has to dodge different calamities, that has fallen upon them.

    Don't feel sorry for her, as she stands their helplessly wringing her hands:
    fear is her armor.

    Let's face it, she's our inspiration! The Muse as fluffball!
    And the inspiration of men, as well!

    If it were not for her, there was no literature.
  5. Nastya1976 Senior Member

    Thank you. I was confused by fluffball.
    Unusual comparison.

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