Written by gbspcamp on Thursday, February 12, 2015
On the subject of love, who better to turn to for romantic poeticism than these classic authors? Step up your Valentine’s day game a notch with these lovely, timeless words from Jane Austen, Plato, Shakespeare and other greats.
“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”
- Jane Austen, from Emma
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
- Lord Byron
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.
- Shakespeare Sonnet 130
Never durst poet touch a pen to write
Until his ink were temper'd with Love's sighs;
- Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
“ ‘Love’ is the name for our pursuit of wholeness, for our desire to be complete.”
- Plato, The Symposium
You & I, Love, together we ratify the silence,
while the sea destroys its perpetual statues,
collapses its towers of wild speed and whiteness
- Pablo Neruda Love Sonnet IX
In that book which is
My memory . . .
On the first page
That is the chapter when
I first met you
Appear the words . . .
Here begins a new life
- Dante Alighieri
See! the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister flower would be forgiven,
If it disdained it's brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea;-
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Love’s Philosophy