Cupid and death are two figures that have long fascinated people across cultures and time periods. Cupid, also known as Eros in Greek mythology, is the god of love and desire, often depicted as a winged cherub wielding a bow and arrow. Death, on the other hand, is a universal figure that represents the end of life, often depicted as a hooded skeleton or a grim reaper.
Despite their seemingly opposite natures, Cupid and death have a deep connection that has been explored in literature and art for centuries. In many stories, Cupid's arrows are said to have the power to both bring people together in love and to cause their death. This connection between love and death can be seen in the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, in which Orpheus travels to the underworld to bring his beloved Eurydice back to life, only to lose her again due to a misstep caused by his own lack of faith.
In some stories, Cupid is also portrayed as a mischievous figure who delights in causing conflict and heartbreak through his arrows. This aspect of his character highlights the dangers of love and desire, and the destructive power they can wield. On the other hand, death is often depicted as a neutral force, simply carrying out the natural cycle of life and reminding us of our own mortality.
Despite the seemingly opposite natures of Cupid and death, they are both integral parts of the human experience. Love and desire drive us to pursue our passions and connect with others, while death serves as a reminder of the preciousness and fragility of life. Both figures have played a significant role in art, literature, and culture, and will continue to do so for centuries to come.
Cupid and Death
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Cupid and Psyche in 1795, several years before his complete Metamorphoses. XIX 1 : 89—112. Retrieved 20 March 2018. HOLLERING THIS IS THE SHIT! Lawrence Mitchell, "Ray Garnett as Illustrator". The True Heart 1929 , though few readers made the connection till she pointed it out herself. Nature looks on in horror as the world is turned upside down in a series of grotesque events: young lovers start dying, while the old and decrepit fall madly in love and war enemies embrace.
This is the cause that we now and then see the hearts of the old and decrepit transfixed with the bolts of Love; and with great grief and surprise, sometimes see youth and beauty smitten with the darts of Death. The transported girl awakes to find herself at the edge of a cultivated grove Although fearful and without the proper experience, she allows herself to be guided to a bedroom where, in the darkness, a being she cannot see has sex with her. Nature looks on in horror as the world is turned upside down in a series of grotesque events: young lovers start dying, while the old and decrepit fall madly in love and war enemies embrace. Gordon, "Franz Cumont and the Doctrines of Mithraism," in Mithraic Studies Manchester University Press, 1975 , p. The New York Times.
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Its authors lived and worked in turbulent times, witnessing the Civil War, the Commonwealth and eventually the Restoration. At the same time, it covers a wide expressive spectrum, ranging from comical dialogue and grotesque dances over tragic and narrative recitative to abstract songs, reflective choruses and a solemn apotheosis. But when Venus withdraws to attend a wedding feast, a kind ant takes pity on Psyche, and assembles a fleet of insects to accomplish the task. He threw himself carelessly down on the floor, and his quiver turning topsy-turvy, all the arrows fell out, and mingled with those of Death, which lay scattered up and down the place. Yet, back slapping and engrossed in folly of absurd lovers and graves they stumbled and their crafty arrows fell in havoc, a jumble of fated missiles.
But when the light instead reveals the most beautiful creature she has ever seen, she is so startled that she wounds herself on one of the arrows in Cupid's cast-aside quiver. Adlington seems not to have been interested in a Neoplatonic reading, but his translation consistently suppresses the sensuality of the original. Schmeling Barkhuis, 2006 , p. He threw himself carelessly down upon the floor, and his quivcr turning upside down, all the arrows fell out, and mingled with those of Death, which lay scattered about the place. He flees, and though she tries to pursue, he flies away and leaves her on the bank of a river.
When they see the splendor in which Psyche lives, they become envious, and undermine her happiness by prodding her to uncover her husband's true identity, since surely as foretold by the oracle she was lying with the vile winged serpent, who would devour her and her child. Retrieved 20 March 2018. Amor and Psyche: The psychic development of the feminine. Eventually, the god Mercury descends from heaven to restore natural order. Freedman, Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America University of Chicago Press, 1988, 1997 , 2nd ed. Graeco-Latina Brunensia 2 : 75—93.