Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine's Day Gifts, Poems (Full Video)

Valentine's Day can be a day full of fun and romance, or a day full of fighting over why your dream date never came to fruition. This Valentine's Day, follow my six strategies for a stress-free Valentine's Day and enjoy your day no matter what you do or who you spend it with.

There's a great range of love, between these two—the lurid heartsickness of "Surely the kisses of her bought red mouth were sweet; But I was desolate and sick of an old passion" and the stylized grace of "He loves my heart, for once it was his own."

I'm not sure what to make of the fact that both poets died in their early 30s—Sidney of a wound received at the Battle of Zutphen, Dowson of disease complicated by alcoholism. The coincidence is a reminder that by the age of 32 or so, most people have experienced more than one kind and degree of love, with its endless variations, joys, falsehoods, truths, and predicaments.

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