His sister, the poet and diarist Dorothy Wordsworthto whom he was close all his life, was born the following year, and the two were baptised together.
In Apuleius[ edit ] Psyche Honoured by the People — from a series of 12 scenes from the story by Luca Giordano The tale of Cupid and Psyche or "Eros and Psyche" is placed at the midpoint of Apuleius's novel, and occupies about a fifth of its total length.
Transformed into a donkey by magic gone wrong, Lucius undergoes various trials and adventures, and finally regains human form by eating roses sacred to Isis.
Psyche's story has some similarities, including the theme of dangerous curiosity, punishments and tests, and redemption through divine favor. It occurs within a complex narrative frame, with Lucius recounting the tale as it in turn was told by an old woman to Charite, a bride kidnapped by pirates on her wedding day and held captive in a cave.
The youngest and most beautiful was Psyche, whose admirers, neglecting the proper worship of the love goddess Venusinstead prayed and made offerings to her. It was rumored that she was the second coming of Venus, or the daughter of Venus from an unseemly union between the goddess and a mortal.
Venus is offended, and commissions Cupid to work her revenge.
Cupid is sent to shoot Psyche with an arrow so that she may fall in love with something hideous. He instead scratches himself with his own dart, which makes any living thing fall in love with the first thing it sees.
Consequently, he falls deeply in love with Psyche and disobeys his mother's order. Although her two humanly beautiful sisters have married, the idolized Psyche has yet to find love. Her father suspects that they have incurred the wrath of the gods, and consults the oracle of Apollo.
The response is unsettling: Psyche is arrayed in funeral attire, conveyed by a procession to the peak of a rocky crag, and exposed. Marriage and death are merged into a single rite of passage, a "transition to the unknown".
The transported girl awakes to find herself at the edge of a cultivated grove lucus. Exploring, she finds a marvelous house with golden columns, a carved ceiling of citrus wood and ivory, silver walls embossed with wild and domesticated animals, and jeweled mosaic floors.
A disembodied voice tells her to make herself comfortable, and she is entertained at a feast that serves itself and by singing to an invisible lyre.
Although fearful and without sexual experience, she allows herself to be guided to a bedroom, where in the darkness a being she cannot see makes her his wife. She gradually learns to look forward to his visits, though he always departs before sunrise and forbids her to look upon him, and soon she becomes pregnant.
Violation of trust[ edit ] Psyche's family longs for news of her, and after much cajoling, Cupid, still unknown to his bride, permits Zephyr to carry her sisters up for a visit.
When they see the splendor in which Psyche lives, they become envious, and undermine her happiness by prodding her to uncover her husband's true identity, since surely as foretold by the oracle she was lying with the vile winged serpent, who would devour her and her child.
But when the light instead reveals the most beautiful creature she has ever seen, she is so startled that she wounds herself on one of the arrows in Cupid's cast-aside quiver.
Struck with a feverish passion, she spills hot oil from the lamp and wakes him.Comparing the Two Versions of A Butterfly by William Wordsworth Words | 3 Pages. Comparing the Two Versions of A Butterfly by William Wordsworth William Wordsworth wrote two versions of the poem "To A Butterfly," one in March, the other in April.
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Comparing the Two Versions of A Butterfly by William Wordsworth William Wordsworth wrote two versions of the poem "To A Butterfly," one in March, the other in April.
In reading the poems, the situation presented is obviously the same, only interpreted differently and reflected differently. "We Are Seven" was first published in as part of the poetry collection Lyrical Ballads. This book, which included poems by Wordsworth and his good pal Samuel Coleridge (you might remember him from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner") was a total game-changer.
Full text of "Poems by William Wordsworth; a selection ed" See other formats. William Wordsworth wrote two versions of the poem "To A Butterfly," one in March, the other in April. In reading the poems, the situation presented is obviously the same, only interpreted differently and reflected differently.
Sep 17, · In the Preface to that part of "The Recluse," lately published under the title of "The Excursion," I have alluded to a meditated arrangement of my minor Poems, which should assist the attentive Reader in perceiving their connection with each other, and also their subordination to that Work.