In the story of Apollo and Daphne in Book I of Metamorphoses, Apollo is hit with one of Cupid’s arrows, and he falls in love with Daphne. To escape Apollo’s advances Cupid transforms Daphne into a laurel tree. Apollo still loves her, despite her difference in appearance. His image of her is warped—because he has been struck by Cupid’s arrow, he sees Daphne as a beautiful, divine creature. In reality, Apollo is stuck in love with a tree. He is doomed to yearn for the love of someone who can never return it.
— Alicia Romero, From “Imagery and Gaze in Ovid’s Metamorphoses”