[uf-discuss] rel="muse" implies romantic relationship?
microformats at 200ok.com.au
Sun Dec 10 14:39:37 PST 2006
> Hi everyone, I'm pretty new to the mailing list, so apologies if this
> has already been covered.
Not that I've seen, so I guess ditto ;)
> According to the XFN spec, rel="muse" is a link to someone who inspires
> you, and is listed as being a "romantic" relationship. I was wondering
> if it is always implied as a romantic relationship, since one could
> certainly find someone else inspiring without being romantically
I tend to agree; certainly a quick dictionary check does not say
anything about the relationship being romantic in the same sense as
other XFN classifications.
Probably the neatest definition is "the goddess or the power regarded
as inspiring a poet, artist, thinker, or the like". The defining
aspect of the relationship is inspiration.
I'm not really very well versed in classical mythology (thanks "modern
history only" high school); but despite the often-romantic
connotations of a relationship between goddess and mortal I think the
muse relationship still does not *require* a romantic link. Those with
more knowledge in the area can correct me if I'm wrong :)
All that said, the actual definition at http://www.gmpg.org/xfn/11
still works: "Someone who brings you inspiration." So, it's really
just that it's a bit misleading to include it in the "romantic"
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