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Theme: Poetry and Poets
Dionysus was the Greek god of wine and Apollo, along with other
domains of influence, was the god of poetry. This wine poem reflects
a poet's quandary concerning which of these two gods to follow.
Dionysus wandered the earth gifting peoples with the joys
of the grape vine. One of his most well known excursions was to
India. Maenads were female followers of Dionysus. See Witter
Bynner's wine poem Bacchanalian.
As Greek myth tells us, Daphne was a beautiful nymph that caught the
god Apollo's fancy (due to a “love arrow” from Cupid/Eros in one
version). Apollo persued the lovely Daphne, but the fear-filled
beauty appealed to the river god for protection, at which point she
was turned into a laurel tree – the source of the famed “laurel
wreath crown” awarded to victorious warriors and successful poets.
Bromius is another name for Dionysus.
“the sacted Nine” = the nine muses, inspirers of all that is artsy
in Greek and Roman mythology.
S. H. Bass
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And Apollo 
Gould Fletcher (1886-1950), American poet
from India straying 
fast through the low marsh-towns:
maenads dishevelled run after
like bloodthirsty hounds.
sits high on a summit 
looks on the glittering range.
dreams that pale Daphne he follows,
to bitter-sweet laurel she change.
wine is thy life-blood, O Bromius, 
my blood is sorrow and song.
offer me life, and hot folly,
I want cold glory and wrong.
I weep not a sob shall escape me,
I kiss not a kiss shall I waste.
shall fashion grape-clusters of singing
no single grape shall I taste :
I shall not follow,
drowsy and dull is his wine.
shall sit on the heights with Apollo,
be taught of the sacred Nine. 
Fire And Wine (1913)
Fire And Wine (1913) by John Gould Fletcher