| Quote #1
He looks at Daphne's hair
These lines depict the moment when Apollo develops and overpowering crush on Daphne. In Ovid's day, just like today, nothing adds spice like leaving something to the imagination.
| Quote #2
And as Jove came and went,
If you've read our "In A Nutshell" section, you'll know that Ovid started out as a love poet. In Ancient Rome, one of the most common ways in which love poets described the passion of sexual desire was as a burning flame. Ovid's rival, Virgil, the other master of Latin epic, uses very similar imagery to this in Book 4 of his poem the Aeneid. There, he is describing the passion of the Carthaginian Queen Dido. If you haven't read Virgil's poem, you can learn more about it by looking at our Shmoop module.
| Quote #3
When Echo saw
This passage is very similar to the previous one in its depiction of sexual desire. What makes it a bit different is it goes into more detail about how this desire can increase or decrease. Here, Ovid is saying that being near to one another makes passion's flame burn brighter.