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Circe's Power

Circe's Power

by Louise Glück

Love Theme

"Circe's Power" is a poem in which a powerful woman is devastated by lost love. Our speaker, Circe, a sorceress, feels the pang of grief when her lover, Odysseus, leaves her. We watch her battle the emotions that ensue, and she does so by asserting her role as a powerful, dangerous woman who knows magic. Love renders her weak.

Questions About Love

  1. Is this a love poem?
  2. Is Circe in love?
  3. What role does love play in this poem?
  4. In Circe's mind, is love a good thing?

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Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Love is Circe's enemy.

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