I discuss how Keats transforms 'Ode to Psyche' from the original myth of Eros and Aphrodite. Textual evidence is shown.
Keats was a Romantic Poet, and his Romantic Poetry drew heavily on Greek and Roman resources. While his style of poetry changed according to the poems, from Odes to Endymion to Sonnets, the love with Greek and Roman forms, themes, and subjects was a perpetual passion with him. Keats is able to present myths in contemporary setting, and 'Ode to Psyche' is no exception. Undeniably, this Ode has a lot of variation to the accepted myth of Eros and Psyche.
This myth, based on the classical story, becomes an allegory. Aphrodite is jealous of Psyche because of her beauty. She wants her to be less admired. As a goddess, she orders Eros to make Psyche fall in love with an inferior creature. When Eros sees her, he himself falls in love with her. As a lover, he comes to her in the dark, and makes her promise never to see him in light. Psyche is curious like ...
This job emphasizes Keats' themes and allusions.