Is poetic love applied to real life. Imagine a man and a woman come across each for the first time and then soon declare to be in love. Since the only time I saw you I fell in love with you. Can this real be said or applied to real life?
I think it is rare.... but when I first met my future husband I asked my sister if he was too old for me to marry. I never felt the same about anyone else. I was nine years old at the time and he was almost 16.
It took awhile, but by now we have been married almost 50 years.
Ideals rarely find anything close to their twin in reality, but who is the man that is wise enough to say what goes on in anyone's heart? Even his own?
My point is that love often presents itself as a mystery we must peer into with questions like yours. I'm not saying that makes explanations of love, or love itself, less real, but rather suggesting we don't fully understand love, the phenomenon, well enough, hence what is driving your question. So to answer you simply: human beings are capable of going to the moon, building particle accelerators and curing polio, of course they can fall in love on sight if they feel like it!
So Lawfull Richard, I think the only answer you need to this question is the one in your heart.
Hmm...I don't think so.
I think that there are different types of love, as well as different stages.
But love will be defined differently depending on the person.
I tend to define love, true love, as simply commitment, self-sacrifice, and esteeming someone else above yourself. This is the type of love that I think holds relationships together.
I think the type of love that people typically experience upon first encounter is that of emotional or romantic love. Which I think is still essential to a long-standing relationship; but it's not what will keep a relationship together. Emotions can sway or sometimes fade off a bit. intense sexual desire may wane. But true, committed, sacrificial love will keep staying with someone regardless of the circumstances.
I was engaged to a man after knowing him one month. I felt in love. It seemed right. And it turned out that that emotional love did develop into a committed, sacrificial love. However, attempting to build such a strong relationship, initially, on emotional love was eventually the cause of its destruction. The other type of love, true committed love, had not had time to develop properly when we got engaged.
That's my soap box.
I think it can exist.. in glimples, flashes, and sacred moments.. Real life complicates the real potential for poetic love. But there are those small breif moments when you can see and feel the poetic magic. What a great idea this was.
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