"'Tis said of love that it sometimes goes, sometimes flies; runs with one, walks gravely with another; turns a third into ice, and sets a fourth in a flame: it wounds one, another it kills: like lightning it begins and ends in the same moment: it makes that fort yield at night which it besieged but in the morning; for there is no force able to resist it."
"Love" is one of those words that is so overused, mis-used, and mis-understood. The word is used so much that it seems to lose its power and meaning; the idea of love becomes trite and cliché. In literature, writers delve into the depths of it, and come out better than most--perhaps. But, is anyone really unscathed?
You may have been drawn to Romeo and Juliet, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester--all the literary romances through time in literature. With their stories, writers tell us that love is pain, that it's ever-changing/evolving. Lost love causes the biggest heartache; but once found, it offer the greatest joys. That's why so many writers have written about love, romance, passion, connection, bliss, relationship(s)--all that is, or could be.
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