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Robert Seymour Bridges (1844-1930)

Eros and Psyche: a poem in XII measures 1935

RCIN 1121523

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Robert Bridges (1844-1930) was a poet, but trained and worked as a doctor until 1882, when a lung condition forced him to retire. After this he devoted himself to literary research and writing poetry. He was appointed poet laureate in 1913 and held the po

Eros and Psyche: a poem in XII measures ©

Aphrodite, envious of Psyche’s beauty, demands her abandonment on a mountain. Eros saves her, but woos her in the dark, forbidding her to see him. Her jealous sisters goad her into disobedience, and she drops hot oil from a lamp onto him, whereupon he and his palace vanish.                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Bridges (1844-1930) was a poet, but trained and worked as a doctor until 1882, when a lung condition forced him to retire. After this he devoted himself to literary research and writing poetry. He was appointed poet laureate in 1913 and held the po

Eros and Psyche: a poem in XII measures ©

Psyche, abandoned by Eros for daring to look at him, is set impossible tasks by Aphrodite, her sworn enemy. The goddess, accompanied by her doves, shuts Psyche up with a large heap of varied seeds, to be sorted out by morning. A swarm of ants assist. 

Acquired by Queen Mary, 1935