the fancy delight

 “…I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love!”

“I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love,” said Darcy.

“Of a fine, stout, healthy love it may. Every thing nourishes what is strong already. But if it be only a slight, thin sort of inclination, I am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away.”

– Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Not long after I found myself giggling while reading the flawless banter between Austen’s heroine and her haughty beau, I got struck with a memory way back from freshman year in college when I received a heartfelt poem, beautifully handwritten in parchment paper and placed in a handsome wooden frame. If my memory serves me right, I either got it as a birthday present or as a gift after our Chorale Valentine concert. The one professing his…

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