I’ve always been a sucker for love letters. For someone who writes a lot I sure do suffer from a certain a lack of emotional eloquence, so I’ve grown very appreciative of those who have it. It is because of this that I can never grow tired of reading about love, whether it’s poetry, romance or letters.
Some of those letters always get the best of me, no matter how many times I read them. So, I thought I’d share my favorite three here. One day, I’ll write a proper love letter too. Until then, I’ll let them these speak for me.
• Gustave Flaubert to George Sand
Flaubert’s words are soft, they do not describe an invasive affection. Way too often, when words are eager, love burns quickly, however he describes the type of admiration that will last for a lifetime. This is the reason why I like this one so much, the carefree uncertainty, the casual details, the honesty. To me, if feels like it is about friendship, the type of friendship you can’t live without.
‘How we keep these dead souls in our hearts. Each one of us carries within himself his necropolis.’
‘I don’t know what sort of feeling I have for you, but I have a particular tenderness for you (…)’
‘I especially missed you last night at ten o’clock.’
‘To ‘love you more’ is hard for me – but I embrace you tenderly’
• Ludwig van Beethoven to his ‘Immortal Beloved’
Beethoven’s various letters to his muse are some of the most beautifully written words I have ever read. He writes them in an almost painful passion, the ‘Immortal Beloved’ is loved ardently. The true pain relays on the fact that these three letters were, apparently, left unsent.
‘Love demands everything and is quite right.’
‘Brighten up – remain my true and only treasure, my all, as I to you. The rest the gods must send, what must be for us and shall.’
‘It is not a real building of heaven, our Love – but as firm, too, as the citadel of heaven.’
‘I can only live, either altogether with you or not at all.’
‘Your love made me the happiest and unhappiest at the same time.’
‘Be calm – love me – to-day – yesterday.’
‘Oh, go on loving me – never doubt the faith-fullest heart.’
• Alex Turner to Alexa Chung
Not all love letters have to be literary acclaimed pieces from past centuries. Some are modern tales and could fit into a text. It’s an updateded fairytale. Legend has it Alex Turner wrote this one on a napkin that Alexa Chung forgot at a bar. It is short, sweet and heartfelt. It is the love letter one can aspire to receive in today’s world.