The Music of the Spheres

Posted: September 23, 2016 by vequinox in Literature

All Nine

Continuing my sonnet sequence, this month’s muse, Euterpe, is the patron of music… and so I decided to consider music in the cosmic sense, as woven into all of creation. Echoes of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion can be heard here, but I was mainly drawing on the medieval imagery of the seven heavens (the spheres) and their harmony (expressed as ‘the music of the spheres’). Readers may be interested to note that in the medieval model of the cosmos, everything below the sphere of the Moon was changeable and transitory; above the Moon, the spheres were perfect and unchanging. Since May is traditionally the month dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God, I’ve also woven in a Marian reference (to the Angelus). I hope, in this poem, to celebrate music in all its aspects…

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The Music of the Spheres

There’s no such thing as silence, only sound.
Ordered, graceful…

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