a delicate aged gold leaf patina, she is a goddess of inspiration,
bringing the light of imagination and creativity to the dullest
corners of whatever room, or mind, she inhabits. Hesiod says the
nine Greek Muses' "hearts are set upon song and their spirit
is free from care. He is happy whom the Muses love. For though a
man has sorrow and grief in his sou, yet when the servant of the
Muses sings, at once he targets his dark thoughts and remembers
not his troubles. Such is the holy gift of the Muses to men."
is Prospero's Ariel, the Romantic Poets' Muse of inspiration, more
spirit and light than human.