Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I confess that I’m still somewhat weary of this overly commercialized holiday. Nonetheless, I have to admit that lots of good love poetry and stories of longing have resulted in great writers from Shakespeare to Neruda.

An entire era of authors styled themselves Romantics (although they could get pretty dark), and every culture across the globe has love stories at the heart of their myths and legends. There are many different kinds of love, from Eros to Agape, to that aisle of “romance” novels in the bookstore. Love stories can be mushy or deep or just sensual, sometimes a little of each.

So what are some of your favorite poems and stories of love themes? Maybe you’ve written something yourself that you’ll read to your sweetheart tonight? After all, what’s a good story without love?