The chorus of elders chants an ode to the power of love, represented by the mighty goddess Aphrodite.
In this ode, Sophocles introduces the theme of romantic love — a concept new to the Oedipus Trilogy. Reflecting on the conversation between Creon and Haemon, the chorus comes to the conclusion that love is the cause of their conflict.
Haemon has not appealed to his father as a bridegroom for the life of his bride. Instead, Sophocles chooses the chorus — a more objective voice — to remind the audience that not even the gods can resist love's power. The emotional distance of the chorus makes this truth even more convincing, given the situation. If they can see the injustice and argue the case coolly, then Creon's decision must really be wrong.
In taking his son's bride, Creon is offending Aphrodite, the unconquerable goddess, and possibly bringing destruction upon himself and his throne. The chorus' warning represents a rational, objective comment on an emotional, personal situation, making clear that Creon's anger is blinding him to reality.
Aphrodite the goddess of love and beauty.