- Title: Hatshepsut, Speak to Me
- Author: Ruth Whitman
- ISBN: 9780814323793
- Page: 299
- Format: Hardcover
Hatshepsut, Speak to Me, Ruth Whitman s eighth volume of poetry, is her most innovative and adventurous book It is in the form of a conversation with Queen Hatshepsut, the only woman pharaoh in ancient Egypt, whose reign of than twenty years was one of the most peaceful and artistically splendid eras in Egyptian history As poet and pharaoh talk to each other, it becHatshepsut, Speak to Me, Ruth Whitman s eighth volume of poetry, is her most innovative and adventurous book It is in the form of a conversation with Queen Hatshepsut, the only woman pharaoh in ancient Egypt, whose reign of than twenty years was one of the most peaceful and artistically splendid eras in Egyptian history As poet and pharaoh talk to each other, it becomes apparent that the two lives intersect remarkably across the centuries Both must face problems of sexual identity, love, work, mothering, conflict, and loss.An admirer of Hatshepsut for the past forty years, Whitman has spent the last five researching the pharaoh s life and surrounding culture, visiting Egypt twice in order to study the landscape along the Nile to contemplate Hatshepsut s monuments, particularly her spectacular three tiered temple at Deir el Bahri in the Valley of the Kings The result is a vibrant glimpse into two parallel lives, illustrating a unique relationship between two women separated by twenty five centuries, and illuminating many of the issues relevant to every contemporary woman s experience.Whitman goes beyond just telling Hatshepsut s story She connects herself with the life of her subject, speaks to her, and learns from her Hatshepsut, Speak to Me represents a culmination of Ruth Whitman s series of groundbreaking narrative poems written in the voices of other extraordinary women Lizzie Borden, Tamsen Donner, Hanna Senesh, Anna Pavlova, and Isadora Duncan.
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Hatshepsut, Speak to me, by Ruth Whitman, was an unexpected gift brought to me from America. I had not heard of the book before, but am delighted to have read it now. Unlike most of what I have read recently, it is a book of modern poetry rather than prose. However, it is not all modern, as Ruth blended translations and rewrites of New Kingdom Egyptian material along with new compositions in her own voice.The result is a vivid and credible dialogue between the Ruth of today and the Hatshepsut of [...]
(Full disclosure: I did not finish this book)This book gets one star from be because it is about a mummy. It does not get any more stars because the writer is unable to get any closeness to the mummy--not to the remains or to the person they used to be. We only see Hatshepsut through the lens of culture and history surrounding her. Most of the poems are line-breaked facts about ancient Egypt and lists of names and legends that invite the reader to skim. It seems to suggest "I have read many more [...]
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