A Moment with James Hillman
In this world there was no place for Eurydike, except as enchanted listener, a follower, which [Orpheus] recognized she could not be. As he let go, or she let go, as he looked back because she was letting go, did he see that it was not her he desired but the longing inspired by her image. It was her image he needed to hold on to rather than her hand. To keep the loss of her, loss as keepsake--that is what sounds through her Orphic voice.
At that moment begins Orpheus's fateful chastity--not as abstinence and frustration, or misogyny and homosexuality (the conventions that would explain it) but chastity as that energizing fidelity to the beloved image--like Petrarch, like Dante--the chastity of longing required by the poetic calling, giving it wings that expand through the widest cosmos, and make possible a cosmological, an Orphic, imagination.
-James Hillman, "Orpheus," in Mythic Figures: Volume 6.1 of the Uniform Edition of the Work of James Hillman (Spring Hill Publications, 2007), p. 307.