Many of us learned about Greek and Roman mythology as school children and, perhaps, some of us learned about other mythologies of the world. Myths have been part of culture and civilization from the time of the ancients and have offered "religious" explanations for humankind's being. Most myths were originally created and disseminated through an oral poetic tradition. For this prompt, you will use mythological characters, references, or allusions to create a poem. Now, think of a myth or mythological character that you can “connect” to your own life (any myth or character, from any source). Use elements of that myth, such as people, places, settings, conflicts, etc. to explore your identity, your personality, and the way you and others think about you. Alternatively, you may experiment and "create your own myth." Be sure to read the examples before you start writing.
And, by way of sharing, here's my "mythology" poem.
by Adele Kenny
Imagine Icarus before the air let go,
before the sea lunged up. Imagine the
downward pitch, the boy wing-tipped
and sticky. Of course he failed, we all
fail. Things come unglued. And not
surprising – this mutability of mutable
things. The way Breughel painted it,
life goes on: ploughman, shepherd,
oblivious sheep. Life goes on: the
garden passes its shadow to the fence;
birds murmur and settle their wings
like prayers spoken in hopeless places.
The earth curves into place. Water. Silt.
Sky. The moon rises and keeps on rising.
(First Published in Tiferet, Issue 5 (2007). Reprinted by Permission.)
A collection of poems that "meshes" with this prompt
(a book I wholeheartedly recommend)
is Renée Ashley's The Revisionist's Dream.
Also of interest: the Greek Muse of Poetry was Erato. Since the Renaissance, Erato is usually depicted with a wreath of myrtle and roses, and holding a lyre or a small Kithara (a musical instrument invented by Erato or Apollo). Other depictions show Erato holding a golden arrow; at times she is accompanied by Eros and is holding a torch.