Narcissus Poeticus

The story of Narcissus is one of the most famous myths within Greek mythology and has inspired generations of artists, writers and psychologists. The tale of Narcissus is centred on a handsome, young man whose tragic destiny is caused by his inability to love anyone but himself.

According to the myth Narcissus was the son of the river god Cephissus and a nymph named Liriope. As a young man Narcissus was exceptionally beautiful and blinded by his own looks. He attracted many admirers but rejected them all. This made Aphrodite, the goddess of love, furious and she decided that one day Narcissus should experience unrequited love.

When Narcissus after a long day’s walk reached a spring where he was going to drink water, he met his own reflection for the first time. It was love at first sight for Narcissus and in vain he tried to touch this man of exquisite beauty. Narcissus was left by side of the spring to die, captivated by the love of his own reflection.

The enchanting, white narcissus, Narcissus poeticus, sprung up from Narcissus’ body.

There are many interpretations of this myth. We decided to tell this version.