Edgar uses metaphors of mythical beings and creatures becoming victims of science that is destroying mythology. “Hast thou not dragged Diana from her car?” (9), Edgar is talking about a Roman goddess of hunting and virginity from Roman mythology. It is believed in the Roman mythology that Diana is a woman with hounds and riding that moon. Obviously riding the moon is not possible to ride the moon therefore leading for Edgar to conclude that science is ruining mythology.
Another mythical creature that has been taken down by science is Hamadryad from Greek mythology. “And driven the Hamadryad from the wood/ To seek a shelter in some happier star?” (10 – 11), the Hamadryad is a nymph that lives in a tree and when the tree dies the Hamadryad dies with it. “Hast thou not torn the Naiad from her flood”(12), a naiad id a mythological water nymph living in and from water. “The Elfin from the green grass,”(13), an Elfin is a creature that is close to nature and lives in the forest. Edgar is blaming science for revealing the reality that creatures such as nymphs simply never existed. Science has given people the mentality that in order to believe or trust in things that they need to be proven with scientific facts. It has given writers such as Edgar the difficulty to create this other dimension for their readers to escape to believe in fantasies or curiosity of their imagination.