Based on an ancient Greek myth, Carol Ann Duffy's "Demeter" illustrates the immense power of a mother's love. Demeter is the Greek goddess of agriculture and the harvest, whose beloved daughter, Persephone, gets kidnapped by Hades, god of the underworld (and Demeter's brother!). Demeter's immense, icy grief casts the world into winter, as she refuses to let anything grow until her daughter comes back. Only when she finally sees Persephone walking towards her once again does spring return to the earth, the warm air and fresh blooms reflecting the return of joy to Demeter's heart. "Demeter" was first published in Duffy's 1999 collection, The World's Wife, which includes dramatic monologues told from the perspective of (often overlooked) female figures from history and myth.