The Pharaoh Akhnatan and other poems by Joan Iris: The 155 rhymed verses explain the ups-and-downs of various regimes and end with the death of Akhnaton.
Per-Ankh: Ancient Egypt
The Pharaoh Akhnatan and other poems by Joan Iris
The Pharaoh Akhnatan and other poems by Joan Iris
The Pharaoh Akhnatan and other poems by Joan Iris

This book has three sections: The Pharaoh Akhnaton, Philosophic Verses and People Poems.

Why is the Pharaoh Akhnaton important? This poem explains his unique contribution to the religions of the world. It is narrated by the Great Sphinx of Gizeh and includes a history of civilization as it emerges in Egypt and Mesopotamia (now known as Iraq). The 155 rhymed verses explain the ups-and-downs of various regimes and end with the death of Akhnaton.

Philosophic Verses comment on living and dying, fear and love, the birth of a first child and other human feelings.

People Poems are just that - short poem stories about fictitious people whom you might recognize as similar to friends or acquaintances. Each poem shows a special characteristic that makes that person or incident unique and yet understandable. There is Annie, the baker, whose family left her alone to run the bakery shop and how she copes to make ends meet. There is Philbin, aging, standing at the foot of the cellar steps and forgetting why he was there. There is Simon who found a way for a promotion at work. There is Silent Sam who never spoke to anyone if he could avoid it and how a little baby touched his heart. And then there is Sally who wanted to become a movie star.

Extract from The Pharaoh Akhnaton by Joan Iris

His family life was open to view;
Loving his wife and daughters was seen
In paintings and sculpture, all feelings true,
Delightful and simple to understand;
Affectionate profiles shown with his queen
And children portrayed his home to the land.
 
And over these scenes of happiness, bliss,
The Aton's rays, the extended bright hands
Touched the royal family with a kiss;
The new art depicted life as was known,
Truth in all things by the Pharaoh's commands,
Whatever the artist's vision had shown.

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