Study Guide

Circe's Power Love

By Louise Glück

Love

"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?

Chew on This

Love is Circe's enemy.