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
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
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
“ ‘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