There was a young girl named Psyche who was very beautiful and it neared the beauty of the Goddess, Aphrodite. Psyche boasted and for this Aphrodite thought she must be punished to marry evil and ugly men.
Psyche however did not fall in love with an evil or ugly man she fell in love with the God Eros or as we know him, Cupid. Although she was in love with him she did not know he was a God and Eros wanted to keep it this way.
However, Psyches sisters tricked her into wanting to know her lovers identity so she sneaked a candle into their bedroom at night and shined light upon his face. Eros was furious after she found out who he was, he left their palace and set out to never return to Psyche
Psyche looked to others for help retrieving her husband, she only found Aphrodite. Aphrodite told her that she has to complete many quests and then Eros will love her again. She went through various journeys even going into the underworld, she did eventually complete these journeys and Eros fell in love with her again.
The tone of the poem “PSYCHE with the CANDLE” is very pessimistic, it is pessimistic because it only shows one bleak outlook on how love is. On line 8-9 it says “Either you keep it forever with fist closed/Or let it fling” This shows that the writer of the poem thinks that true love can never be seen and that there is no other way there can be true love. ARCHIBALD MacLEISH uses the methaphor "Love is a bird in a fist" on line 4 and this shows how is outlook on love is very discouraging. Also the alliteration "forever with fist closed" on line 8, this shows how the author only thinks there is one outcome to how love is and only one way love will ever be. Overall this shows how MacLEISH's view on true love is very negative.
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