“My name is love
supreme my sway
The greatest god
and greatest pain,
Air, earth, and seas, my
And gods themselves
must drag my chain.
In every heart my throne I keep,
Fear ne’er could daunt my
I fire the bosom of the deep
and the profoundest hell
from Don Quixote Part II
by Miguel de Cervantes
L O V E
Love. It amazes me that we fall in love. As if it were a puddle, pool or lake. Do we trip and fall? Are we walking, unawares, and suddenly we’ve fallen in love. Into love?
Everyone writes about love at some point, right? Do they? Do you? How do you define what seems ineffable? Intangible. And, has attached to it one’s particular perspective on the definition of what love is.
When you say “I love you,” what are you really saying?
In the quote above, Cervantes has personified love–made it into a person with great power.
This poem, written and read by Edna St. Vincent Millay, surprised me on many levels.
First, the quality and tone of her voice. Secondly, I had not read this poem before…listening to it for the first time, I felt a certain trepidation–where was she going to land? And, finally, hearing the conclusion, I felt deeply moved.
A poem touches us because we fit the meaning to our experience. Does this feel true to you? When writing, how do you personify love?