The poem of Perseus made by Robert Hayden set 3 tone's. First being accomplishment, second being determination and third being seriousness.
On line 12 and 14 it states "None could have passed me then--/--and I lived". This shows the sense of accomplishment he felt doing something many were unable to do.
Diction helps show determination by using words like "Scathing"(4) and "dire"(dire) or phrases like "thirsted to destroy"(11).
He also shows seriousness by using imagery. He does this by using abstract and descriptive words to show the gravity of the situation that has been presented in front of him. These words include "gelid"(1) and "flashed bare"(7). The phrase "burned into the mirroring shield"(3) helped visualize the fight between him and Medusa creating a sense of being there.
The myth of Perseus is about a son of Zeus that leaves him and his mother Danae after she conceives him. Being sent out to sea they are found by a fisherman, who directs them to the king. The king wants to marry his mother but to stop this Perseus must get Medusa's head. He finds his wife on his way back to the king. He comes back to the king and turns him to stone for mistreating his mother. Perseus is killed and is turned to a star with Andromeda to live together forever.
Lesson and Values
The lesson that this myth teaches is that determination will lead you in great directions
The myth illustrates this by presenting the rewards Perseus received for his determination, these rewards include the Head of Medusa being able to marry Andromeda.
The story of Perseus has movies based on him, but some harder to find ones include video games, books, and comics.
First allusion is God of War II by Santa Monica Studios. This video game is based around Greek mythology but alludes Perseus when he is chasing the sisters trying to find Medusa and Kratos blocks his path.