BY EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY
Using the tone of the poem is we can see Distress and Love. Millay shows in lines 3 and 6 and 9-10, how Hades may have felt with Persephone right after her capture. Those lines show that in Hades loneliness, he wanted Persephone to know that he cares for her and that she would grow to love him and their new home. Millay illustrates Persephone, Upset and crying after being kidnapped and held against her will. "Take her head upon your knee;/Say to her, 'My dear, my dear,/ It is not so dreadful here" (Millay lines 9-11). "Prayer to Persephone" shows Hades knowing that Hell isn't where one would wish to be and how he understands how she is feeling. It creates the mood of unhappiness yet an underlying love. Hades kidnapped Persephone out of love yet knew that she didn't have a need of him (Millay 2-6).