Tuesday, February 14

St Valentine's Day

by Sarah-Jane Hollands,
Romance, Poetry and Unrequited Love Correspondent
A very happy St Valentine's Day to all our readers (who wish to be included). While wearing your heart on your sleeve and displaying emotions is thought (by many) to be very unBritish behaviour, today is the one day of the year we are all allowed to loosen our stiff upper lips and let the outward display of emotions flow!
This poem I have chosen is not a traditional love poem in either style or content. To those of you expecting a Shakespeare Sonnet or something from Browning, I make no apologies. Sometimes, it's better to expect the unexpected - enjoy, with our very best British wishes!

The Art of Courtly Love,
by Andreas Capellanus
(Written circa 1180)
1) Marriage is no real excuse for not loving.
2) He who is not jealous cannot love.
3) No one can be bound by a double love.
4) It is well known that love is always increasing or decreasing.
5) That which a lover takes against his will of his beloved has no relish.
6) Boys do not love until they arrive at the age of maturity.
7) When one lover dies, a widowhood of two years is required of the survivor.
8) No one should be deprived of love without the very best of reasons.
9) No one can love unless he is impelled by the persuasion of love.
10) Love is always a stranger in the home of avarice.
11) It is not proper to love any woman whom one should be ashamed to seek to marry.
12) A true lover does not desire to embrace in love anyone except his beloved.
13) When made public love rarely endures.
14) The easy attainment of love makes it of little value; difficulty of attainment makes it prized.
15) Every lover regularly turns pale in the presence of his beloved.
16) When a lover suddenly catches sight of his beloved his heart palpitates.
17) A new love puts to flight an old one.
18) Good character alone makes any man worthy of love.
19) If love diminishes, it quickly fails and rarely revives.
20) A man in love is always apprehensive.
21) Real jealousy always increases the feeling of love.
22) Jealousy, and therefore love, are increased when one suspects his beloved.
23) He whom the thought of love vexes, eats and sleeps very little.
24) Every act of a lover ends with in the thought of his beloved.
25) A true lover considers nothing good except what he thinks will please his beloved.
26) Love can deny nothing to love.
27) A lover can never have enough of the solaces of his beloved.
28) A slight presumption causes a lover to suspect his beloved.
29) A man who is vexed by too much passion usually does not love.
30) A true lover is constantly and without intermission possessed by the thought of his beloved.
31) Nothing forbids one woman being loved by two men or one man by two women.


Anonymous said...


What a nice poem!


Peter Troy said...

All credit belongs to Sarah-Jane without whos skills this blog would be very dull.