This antonymic pair highlights the incompatibility of the people he matches.
“ Might try a deeper plague, to make her love me too” (24-25)
This line is unexpected because the previous stanzas involve the speaker’s frustration that she doesn’t love him back.
This introduces the speaker’s thoughts on “falsehood” and emphasizes that no good can come from Eros’ intervention.
Refers to Eros as a “child” (20)
The fact that the speaker calls Eros a “child” shows his opinion of the god. He views Eros as immature and unconcerned with any consequences of his actions.
Refers to himself as “rebel and atheist” (22)
This can be seen as another contradiction because a rebel is passionate about his beliefs, while an atheist has no beliefs. The speaker tries to convince himself that he doesn’t believe, however, the fact that he tries to rebel against this god proves that he does believe in Eros.
What is the poem’s purpose?
The poem’s purpose is to highlight the risk of heartbreak that sometimes accompanies love.
It spans the realm of emotions which love involves and demonstrates that love may sometimes be out of our control.
It warns that what we think we want, may not always be what is best for us.
How fully does the poem accomplish this purpose?
The poem is able to accomplish its purpose through various literary devices, such as diction, mood, and contrasts.
The repetition within the rhyme scheme also proved to be vital in emphasizing one of the poem’s major themes, that love and its effects are often out of our control.
How important is this purpose?
Living in a culture that grants us instant gratification and allows to indulge in whatever we please, I believe the purpose of this poem is important because it provides the message that we don’t always know what we want or what is best.
Moreover, the entire world is made up of a network of relationships, most of which involve some type of love, and this poem helps to encompass the complexity of love.