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Eros and Psyche

Robert Bridges

1. 01 – March
2. 02 – April
3. 03 – May
4. 04 – June
5. 05 – July
6. 06 – August
7. 07 – September
8. 08 – October
9. 09 – November
10. 10 – December
11. 11 – January
12. 12 – February

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Summary

Bridges’ Eros and Psyche retells the Eros (= Cupid) and Psyche myth first recorded by Lucius Apuleius in his book The Golden Ass.The poem is divided into twelve cantos – one for each of the twelve months of the year – which gives the poem a certain, almost “pastoral” feel. The number of stanzas in each canto equals the number of days in that month: so the first canto March has 31 stanzas, the second canto April has 30 stanzas, and so on. Each stanza is a septet (ie comprises exactly seven lines) which follow the same end-rhyming schema of a-b-a-b-c-c-b.