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nix

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nixie,

in Germanic mythology, water sprite. The nixes could assume various shapes, most frequently as half human and half fish. They could do favors for humans, particularly in teaching them bewitching music, but for the most part they were treacherous and malignant.
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Toward the end of the poem, he reflects on his first grade teacher, saying, "She had blond braids / wound about her head like a Rhine maiden / although I didn't know about Rhine maidens / then." The intriguing image strikes a suggestive and magically complex note.
Rhine maidens find fulfillment and joy being in its presence.
Hammerlein's latest drawings, a group of large graphite-and-ink works recently on view at Derek Eller Gallery, are populated by sirens and Rhine maidens, centaurs and knights, and creatures who are half-human, half-flower.