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"Hades Welcomes His Bride" is a poem by Alice E. Stallings. It was first published in her collection of poems titled "Hapax" in 2000.


The poem retells the Greek myth of the abduction of Persephone by Hades, the god of the underworld. The poem is divided into two parts: the first part describes the abduction of Persephone, and the second part describes her eventual return to the world above.

Poetic Elements:

  • Form: The poem consists of five stanzas, each comprising four lines.
  • Rhyme Scheme: The rhyme scheme is ABAB for each stanza, with occasional slant rhymes.
  • Imagery: The poem contains vivid imagery of the underworld, such as the description of "skeletons rattle[ing] their bones like tambourines" and the "moon's white chariot" leading Persephone back to the world above.
  • Personification: Hades and Persephone are both personified, with Hades depicted as a "gentleman" and Persephone as a "bride" in the title.
  • Symbolism: The pomegranate, a traditional symbol of the myth, is referenced in the line "The sweet kernels of the pomegranate, blood-red, / Of her going down to night, of her rising up to light."


"Hades Welcomes His Bride" is a beautifully crafted poem that reimagines the ancient Greek myth of the abduction of Persephone. Stallings employs vivid imagery, personification, and symbolism to create a hauntingly beautiful picture of the underworld and the eventual return to the world above.

Poem Snippet:

"But she sits down beside him, / Weeping for her mother, / Weeping for the world, / And does not look at him."


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