There’s nothing more romantic than a love letter on Valentine’s Day
Penning a real true love letter should not be a dying art. In fact, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the economy still sleeping, and a general move towards conservation; this year the Love Letter is not only terribly romantic, it falls in tune perfectly with the times.
Even more precious has the love letter become as the digital age grows. Long before texting on the cell phone, in times of long Victorian Courtships writing one’s passions was one of the only societal ways of expressing such feelings. A whole courtship could be conducted by the posts sent to mail. Alas, the text is fleeting, and what chance does “i<3u” have when paired against writings such as this Valentine love letter written in 1810 :
Oh My William! it is not in my power to tell thee how I have been affected by this dearest of all letters – it was so unexpected – so new a thing to see the breathing of thy inmost heart upon paper that I was quite overpowered, & now that I sit down to answer thee in the loneliness & depth of that love which unites us & which cannot be felt but by ourselves, I am so agitated & my eyes are so bedimmed that I scarcely know how to proceed…
Not many can claim to be married to well known English Poet, William Wordsworth, but many people do experience the same feelings of apprehension and permanence that are so beautifully penned here by Mary, his wife. When one is face with a clean sheet of paper and require, or compelled, to take a pen to it, the paper itself is a vast expanse and one might hesitate, with self doubt, to commit the ink. We grow apprehensive.
But on the same token, the act of putting something down to paper, such as expressing one’s feelings in a true, romantic love letter, is so much more powerful than words merely spoken. Listen to what Mary does say, so beautifully, despite all her agitation:
…so new a thing to see the breathing of thy inmost heart upon paper that I was quite overpowered…
She is responding to a love letter written to her by him. We don’t know what William said, but her response is clear. She no longer speaks of the letter as a thing; it is now an entity, an extension of his heart, alive on its own and she is all now a flutter.
That’s the power of a Romantic Love Letter
The good thing about a love letter, no matter how apprehensive one might feel, there is really no way of doing it incorrectly. The thought of a true heartfelt expression of passion is fulfilling. Just the nature of the note, the physical act itself, is romantic all by itself. Sweet, simple, witty, trite, silly, or sexy; the letter itself only needs be an extension of oneself.
What Makes a Love Letter a Love Letter?
A true Love letter is from the heart. It is the abandonment of what holds us back as we stare at the glaring piece of whiteness. We all have been there; we know what it feels like; that blank paper, the blank mind. That someone would drive through the fears of foolishness or rejection, only to produce written proof of their adoration alone makes the love letter more precious.
That’s one of the reasons why there’s not a wrong way to write a love letter, there is just the need to actually write it.
Prove your love this Valentine’s Day. Get over your fear. It is only a piece of stationery. There is nothing to be afraid of.