Tablets inscribed with "The Exaltation of Inanna" (3 of 3)


Sidney Babcock: For the first time in the history of world literature, an author describes her own creative process in the "Exaltation of Inanna." Enheduanna states how she has "given birth" to this poem:

Nimet Habachy:

“One has heaped up the coals (in the censer), prepared the lustration.

The nuptial chamber awaits you, let your heart be appeased!

With ‘it is enough for me, it is too much for me!’ I have given birth, oh exalted lady, (to this song) for you.

That which I recited to you at (mid)night

May the singer repeat it to you at noon!”