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"Man yileds not to Angels nor to Death... utterly" is a truncated quotation from Edgar Allan Poe's short story Ligeia. This was about a lady who was dead (or at least thought to be) but who came back to life, as Lazarus did. I thought the allegory in both stories (Ligeia and Persephone) is extremely parallel, Persephone descending into the underworld a third of every year, yet returning every spring.

The script surrounds a pomegranate (granada) fruit, Persephone's binding contract with Hades to be his loyal wife upon the condition she returns home every spring. The granada has to be detached from her because it not "of her". If she did not feel some compassion for this lonely man, she would not have pained herself into such an arrangement... but alas, she did.

Hades is portrayed as an impetuous young man who knows no better than to abide by the whims of his youth (very typical, really, in our society where a guy pressures a girl to suddenly "move-in" with him, hahaha)... Half of his body is submerged in the river Styx, half of it out... he is torn by the decision he had to make to allow persephone the freedom she needed.

Persephone, on the other hand, sits on a rock, only a third of her body dipped in the rive Styx, reflective of the contract she made with Hades.

The turn of the season is spring (represented by the canopy of vines), and Persephone needs to depart, her back towards Hades, but with an affectionate and reassuring glance to the smitten man that she will return to him... eventually.

Their relationship is summarized by the sun and moon... both bound to each other and yet both so distant... converging only every so often, but only so to eclipse one from the other... like winter and spring...

Sorry for the thesis
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