Thursday, 13 February 2014

St Valentine, Poems and Love

There are many legends about St Valentine. The most popular seems to be that he was an early Christian Saint called Valentinus who was imprisoned by Roman Emperor Claudius II. Whilst in captivity he healed Asterius, his jailor's daughter, and it is said that before his execution he wrote a letter to her signed, "Your Valentine".

And so, every year on February, 14th we celebrate St Valentine's Day with flowers, cards and chocolates.

There are many well known love poems, including:

"The First Kiss of Love" by Lord George Gordon Byron (1788-1824) "...The dearest remembrance will still be the last, our sweetest memorial, the first kiss of love." 

"A sonnet" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach..."

"Remember" by Christina Rossetti... "Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land;....Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad."

Love in it's many forms lasts a lifetime, as we grow from child to adult and into old age. Parental and family love, that given by a husband and wife or partners, and not least friends. It may exist simply in an act of kindness, compassion, or when someone holds your hand at a difficult time, and there is also of course the love we share with our pets.

If you are spending Valentine's Day alone it's important too that you show love and kindness to yourself.

Have a great Valentine's Day, Google + Friends, and a happy one!