Compare And Contrast Eros By Robert Bridges

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The freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi declared that, “Where there is love there is life.” People throughout centuries have wrote about love and it is the topic of the majority of songs, books and movies. In “Eros” Robert Bridges questions the thoughts of an attractive Eros, the master matchmaker, also known as Cupid. Anne Stevenson’s “Eros” provides a different perspective on the popular God by describing him as hideous. Bridges describes an attractive God and Stevenson describes a God who is hideous. Bridges and Stevenson both employ characterization, rhetorical questions, epithets and imagery to convey their contrasting attitudes on how love affects Eros; however, Stevenson is more effective.
Bridges and Stevenson utilize characterization.
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First, Bridges refers to Eros as “idol of the human race.” This epithet it can be interpreted to mean that people look fondly on Eros as he is capable of making people fall in love. It also shows how important people believe love is. Then Bridges calls Eros the “tyrant of human heart.” This shows the power Eros has over human hearts. He is a tyrant because people fall in love only through him and he has complete control. Bridges then calls him the “king of joy.” By calling him this Bridges is saying how Eros brings joy to people’s lives through love. Stevenson also uses an epithet. She calls Eros a “bully boy”; this reveals an aggressive temperament in Eros. This contrasts with Bridges’s epithets which presents Eros as expressionless. Stevenson is more effective because she shocks readers by using this epithet because Eros is traditionally described this …show more content…
He begins by saying that Eros is a “flower of lovely youth” This metaphor emphasizes the image of Eros’s eternal youth. Then he describes Eros having Eros having “exuberant flesh [that is] so fair.” This emphasizes how Eros looks to the poet. Also by using fair the poet also means innocent. Then, Bridges compares Eros to Pheidias’s sculptures. In an article published on a website about Ancient Greece, Pheidias’ sculptures became the established way for artists to portray the Gods (“Phidias”). By alluding to Pheidias, Bridges is stating how Eros is only portrayed a certain way. Stevenson invalidates this idea by describing an Eros with “broken nose,” “squinty eyes” “bully lips,” and “battered visage.” This imagery has an effect of making Eros seem vulnerable and this contrasts with Bridges’s depiction of him as a tyrant who has power over

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