“…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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