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Psyche Analysis

Author: Poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge Type: Poetry Views: 577

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The butterfly the ancient Grecians made

The soul's fair emblem, and its only name--

But of the soul, escaped the slavish trade

Of mortal life !--For in this earthly frame

Ours is the reptile's lot, much toil, much blame,

Manifold motions making little speed,

And to deform and kill the things whereon we feed.


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Is there any way you could help me pick out literary elements? Or break it down line by line, it\'s a rather short poem.

| Posted on 2011-04-14 | by a guest

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The butterfly was for the Egyptians (and Greeks, as Coleridge suggests here) a symbol of the soul. Coleridge refers to this by pointing to the Greek word 'psuche', which both means soul and butterfly. The soul is able to escape from all earthly, changing, mortal things, just as Psyche was in Apuleius' Metamorphosis given the drink of the Gods by Zeus, so she could live among the gods and be immortal. She was the last human being to enter this realm.

| Posted on 2005-04-18 | by Approved Guest

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