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"when a man loves a woman he'd give up all his comfort, sleep out in the rain, if she said that's the way it ought to be" (Percy Sledge).
No truer words have ever been spoken when it comes to relationships between man and woman. For when a man and a woman come together for a relationship it should be for the right reason, and that reason is love. Love is much more than just a word though, it is a feeling and emotion that cannot be duplicated, imitated, or simulated. Love is, as described in "If Thou Must Love Me, Let it be for Naught", "To His Lady", and "The Taxi", the emotions of joy, happiness, caring, passion, commitment, pleasure, and even pain all rolled into one, which is shared between two people.
The only love is true love. This means that when one loves another, the love that they are feeling should encompass all attributes of the person they are loving. If one were to say that they loved another for their beautiful eyes, this would not be true love. In order for it to be love, one would not just see the beautiful eyes, they would see everything about that person as beautiful. Elizabeth Barrett Browning agrees when she says to not love for a smile or a look, instead one should love for loves sake. ?Thou mayst love on, through love?s eternity? (206 14). True love is also a love that is eternal; true love is never ending.
Henry Howard also believed that love should be everlasting. Wedding vows have become, to a certain extent, things of the past. People are getting married only to be divorced with in the first couple years of marriage. Till death do us part no longerholds meaning in the holy union of two souls. This is not true love. Luckily Howard helps us to see what true love is when he paints us a picture in words in ?To "His Lady?. ?In the long night, or in the shortest day/ In lofty youth, or when my hairs gray/ Set me in earth, in heaven, or yet in hell/ Sick, or in health, in ill fame, or in good/ Yours will I be? (277 lines 6, 8-9, 11-12). Through thick and thin, no matter what happens the man in this poem will stick by his lady.
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True love is too broad to be defined by one definition. Hopefully the previous paragraphs have helped you to see this. Hopefully they have helped you to see that love is not a word, it is a deep, heart-touching emotion. I know this from experience. I wish I could say that I knew what true love is because I?ve been in love, but I haven?t. Instead it has been the relationships where I haven?t been in love, that have shown me what true love is. I have learned from failed relationships. I?ve learned what to do, what not to do, and what should be done in return. I?ve learned that true love is an emotion that cannot be forced, it must just come, as love does.
Between two people, the most important thing they could share is the feeling of true love. To love some one for who they are, as a whole, and not just pieces. To commit and stick with them through sickness and in health, till death do you part. To be willing to sacrifice pain in order to receive pleasure in return. This is love, and love is what two people must feel in order to make a relationship work and last. This is what we, as men and women, are here to do.