“Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom. Think of love as a state of grace, not the means to anything, but the alpha and omega. An end in itself.”
— Love in the Time of Cholera
Over the past week, Poetry Foundation have posted tantalising snippets of gorgeous, succulent love poems, teasing and tempting us into a relationship with the original works. They’ve even compiled a treasury of love poems in all its various guises – from friendship to first flush, from the depths of passion to love long-lost.
Well, I’ve fallen.
Here are my favourites to round off a week of love offerings.
Valentine’s Day is at hand and I feel obliged to give a nod in its direction, say a little something about love.
But many have said it before and said it better. Tomorrow we celebrate the ideal of love, so this 3 for Thursday shares some of my favourite depictions of love in poetry, film and song.