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A Sonnet for Linear B

02 Mar

I found this SONNET written by a Graduate Student archaeologist while she was visiting the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford  I think she was supposed to be writing some essays, and included this Sonnet, which I find rather appropriate seeing that I am studying Linear B. Her name is Sarah Hawley.  Thank you Sarah !.

 

The Pylos archives bring me to my knees

The pinnacle of pinacology

I have no life, you say; I don’t agree

I have no friends, but I have Linear B

Oh, Tn 316 can thrill me more:

The human sacrifice; a hasty plea

Your text meant naught, alas Hand 44-

All kingdoms fade to dust eventually

The po-ro-ko-re-te (Vice  Governor ) wants fifty sheep-

Such poetry sends joy throughout my soul !

Redistribution haunts me in my sleep-

Obsession, yes, my passion takes its toll

I welcome scorn, for desperate as I seem,

I much prefer my Mycenaean dream.

I wonder what Sarah’s dream was

 

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Posted by on March 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

5 responses to “A Sonnet for Linear B

  1. Silver in the Barn

    March 2, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    How charming. I think it is wonderful when anybody finds that “thing”, whatever it is, that awakens such passion. Thank you, Rita.

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  2. ritaroberts

    March 2, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I couldn’t believe it when I first saw it. I just hope she sees this on my blog wherever she is.
    Thanks for commenting Barbara. Loved your post about silver hair by the way. Its great when you don’t have to dye it any more isn’t it.

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  3. vallance22

    March 7, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    My, my, what a beautiful sonnet this is! Extremely well thought-out. The inclusion of actual Linear B text in this sonnet really impresses me, and I am a sonneteer. If only we could get in touch with its author, whom I think is a really fine poetess, to be able to pull this off. Richard

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  4. vallance22

    March 7, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Reblogged this on Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae and commented:
    My, my, what a beautiful sonnet this is! Extremely well thought-out. The inclusion of actual Linear B text in this sonnet really impresses me, and I am a sonneteer. If only we could get in touch with its author, whom I think is a really fine poetess, to be able to pull this off. Richard

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  5. ritaroberts

    March 7, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I thought you might like it Richard. I must try and see if I can find out where she is.

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