The Underworld is a myth, a place, an idea, a metaphor, a story, a dream, a space, a point of view, a journey, a descent…
Margaret Atwood proposes that all writing of the narrative kind, and perhaps all writing, is motivated, deep down, by a fear of and fascination with mortality- by a desire to make the risky trip to the Underworld, and bring back something or someone back from the dead.
Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing, 2002
“Entering the underworld” refers to a transition from the material to the psychical point of view.
James Hillman The Dream and the Underworld, 1979