Ancient Egyptian Poetry
Things to Consider:
** Homework Questions**
- Roles/Views of gods (mono- vs. polytheism)
- Repetition of images (i.e. Bull in Gilgamesh)
- Expression of desire/sexuality
(from The Leiden Hymns, ca. 1238 B.C.)
"God is a master craftsman"
- Do these poems express a monotheistic or polytheistic
"How Splendid You Ferry the Skyways"
- How does God create himself?
"When Being Began Back in Days of the Genesis"
- Who is Horus?
- Describe the relationship between the speaker and Horus.
(see link on phototropism )
- How does God create himself? How is this version the same
or different from that found in "God is a Master Craftsman"?
(ca. 1300-1100 B. C.)
"I Love a Girl"
"Whenever I Leave You"
- Explain: "Desire can soar in the wrench of this
current, / rough water be tame as my fields" (9-10).
- Explain: "My charming girl whispered water magic"
- Explain: "She crowns the shore like a queen" (20).
- Explain: "Death must be lonely like I am" (2).
- Why does the speaker no longer enjoy datecakes and
Other Discussion Questions:
"Send Him Back" See On-Line Version (Trans. by
- Who is Hapi?
- What is animism?
- In "How Splendid You Ferry The Skyways," what is
"diurnal shining" (9)?
"Ho, What She's Done to Me"
- Who is the speaker?
- To whom is the speaker speaking?
- Who is "him"? Who is "Our Golden Lady"?
- Describe the relationship between the speaker and "that
- What does "catfoot" mean?
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