the answer is the theme of loss and hope
The use of allusion in the novel "Nectar in a Sieve" helps to emphasize the theme of loss and hope.
The epigraph of the novel "Nectar in a Sieve" by Kamala Markandaya is taken from the poem of Samuel Taylor Coleridge "Work Without Hope." The poem was written in1825. The poem is characterized as an unconventional sonnet. The poem ends with thought in the last couplet, "Work without Hope draws nectar in a sieve,
And Hope without an object cannot live." The narrator in this last couplet sums up the poem showing his despair. He explains the reason why he is doing no work is because he does not have any hope.
This couplet is used as an epigraph in the novel "Nectar in a Sieve" to show that the desperation of hopelessness shown by the narrator in the poem is the main idea of the novel also.
Theme of loss and hope
Nectar in a Sieve emphasizes the theme of loss and hope since it alludes to the slow drain of the life force of an individual here on earth. Using the nectar as a symbol of life, the sieve slowly drains the nectar until it falls to the ground and becomes useless.
Nectar in a Sieve alludes to the slow drain of the life force of an individual here on earth. The nectar represents live and the sieve, since it is a sifter/filter, slowly drains the nectar until it falls to the ground and become useless.