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Etymology of music: Derived from muses, the Greek goddesses who inspired artists of all sorts. Music has roots in Old French, Latin, and Greek as an adjective meaning “from the muses.” The specific use of the word’s meaning began in Greek to mean “poetry sung to music” and then over time came to mean “music” alone.

Found Poetry Challenge: Using *only these phrases, create a poem. If you want to have your poem featured in an upcoming Fun & Games post, email it to us!

*ok, ok. You can add some prepositions and articles and small stuff like that if you really need to.

WRITERLY by Kate and John Landers


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