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Reviewed by Grace Ruhara for Readers' Favorite
In Myth Takes: Rhyme and Reason in the Age of Entitlement by Agee, the poems are flashbacks to the times of the mythical Greek gods and kings and explore their traits and fetishes. For instance, Zeus, King of Olympus, had a weakness in controlling his emotions and feelings, despite his regal status. He was often seen chasing after maidens, with whom he has an endless number of children. In another poem about fathers and sons, Daedalus and Icarus argue about why the latter should not fly too close to the sun to avoid crashing. However, Icarus proved to be hard-headed and flew anyway. Of all these poems, I loved The Argument most. Old Winter, Autumn, Summer, and Spring went to seek Zeus' advice on who was made for love.
Most of the poems are captivating, leaving you yearning for more. This made my reading experience enjoyable and exciting. I also loved the use of simple language and I was able to flow with the rhythm of the poem while enjoying the musical effect of the rhyming words. I also enjoyed the historical depth of the poems, which prompted me to research the Greek gods. The experience was enriching, insightful, and enlightening. The poems also have a relatable tone, making me feel as if I was reading about periods I had witnessed and experienced. They were able to weave mythology into everyday life naturally and organically. I recommend Myth Takes by Agee to readers who love poetry with a mythological flavor.