In Love's Labour's Lost, the main characters are young people figuring how to live. There are no elders there to guide them, so they are self-educating. The men are extreme, taking vows to abstain from women, food, and sleep, the better to focus on their studies. In their world, education is social currency. When they're infected by love, however, their horizons broaden. Their senses sharpen. Their poems improve. The play's great argument is that education is bigger than books alone.
In Love's Labour's Lost Shakespeare depicts several different kinds of learning with equal passion, advocating balance in society.
Love's Labour's Lost is paradoxical because, while it argues that life experience is the best teacher, its extravagant wordplay could only be understood by the educated.