How cupid hit the classics?

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These being the days of love, some are busy in buying lavish stuff for their partners, some trying to get a partner and some? Well, some are writing wily articles. “Love is in the air” and to propel the romantic jubilation, many renowned personalities had been in a hoard to accomplish this task. From singers, writers and poets to sportsperson and nerdy scientists, everyone carries a flare of the ‘love’ly  emotion and henceforth, mentioned here a few excerpts from lesser known letters of love of these widely known big shots:

1.) ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING TO ROBERT BROWNING
The love story between Elizabeth and her husband, the famous poet Robert Browning, is both seriously sweet and profoundly tragic. Elizabeth and Robert wed in secret; Elizabeth was then disowned by her strict religious family, which forced the couple to live in exile in Italy. The couple adored each other, and their many love letters and poems —including an entire volume of Elizabeth’s poetry, Sonnets from the Portuguese, which was supposedly written for Robert — are lasting testimony to their devotion.

“And now listen to me in turn. You have touched me more profoundly than I thought even you could have touched me — my heart was full when you came here today. Henceforward I am yours for everything….”


2.)MICHAEL JORDAN TO HIS THEN-GIRLFRIEND LAQUETTE: 

Yes, even the athletes express their love and concern and this was 18-years-old Jordan, writing an apology letter to Laquette.

“My Dearest Laquette

How are you and your family doing, fine I hope? I am in my Adv. Chemistry class writing you a letter, so that tell you how much I care for you. I decide to write you because I felt that I made you look pretty rotten after the last night. I want to tell you that I am sorry, and hope that you accept my apology. I know that your feelings were hurt whenever I lost my necklace or had it stolen.

I want you to know that my feeling for you has not change yet. (joke) I am finally getting use to going with a girl much smaller than I. I hope you take my hint. Well I have spent my time very wisely by write to you. I hope you write back soon. Well I must go, the period is almost over. See you next time around, which I hope comes soon.

With my Best Love

Michael J. Jordan”

 

3.) FROM JIMI HNDRIX TO A GIRLFRIEND HE CALLED “LITTLE GIRL”

JIMI HNDRIX

Jimi Hendrix was an American rock guitarist, singer and a song writer. Being the most influential electric guitarist in the history of rock music, he had a tender side to himself, which he put forth in the following love letter to his little girl

“Little girl…..

Happiness is within you….so unlock the chains from your heart and let yourself grow—
like the sweet flower you are…..
I know the answer—
Just spread your wings and set yourself
FREE

Love to you forever

Jimi Hendrix”

 

4.) ALBERT EINSTEIN TO HIS WIFE MILEVA

Albert Einstein

Apart from being an unprecedented intellect science guy, Einstein was also a virtuoso when it came to romanticism. His letters are the living proof of that and excerpts from them are worth a read.

How was I ever able to live alone, my little everything? Without you I have no self-confidence, no passion for work, and no enjoyment of life-in short, without you, my life is a void.

“…who has tasted freedom can no longer wear chains. I’m so lucky to have found you, a creature who is my equal, and who is as strong an independent as I am! I feel alone with everyone except you.
With tender kisses from your
Albert”

 

5.) ELEANOR ROOSEVELT TO HER LONG-SPECULATED LOVER, LORENA HICKOK:

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt endures as the longest serving American First Lady and as one of history’s most politically impactful working person, who had a controversial personal life. She had a relationship with the American Journalist, Lorena Hickok for 30 years which grabbed quite a lot of attention. Here is an excerpt from the letter that Roosevelt wrote to her lover.

“Hick, darling

 

Ah, how good it was to hear your voice. It was so inadequate to try and tell you what it meant. Funny was that I couldn’t say jet’aime and je t’adore as I longed to do, but always remember that I am saying it, that I go to sleep thinking of you.”

 

6.) EMMA DARWIN TO CHARLES DARWIN:

Emma

The great naturalist, having a revolutionary contribution to the theory of evolution, the one who explained the concept of existence of life the way it is, was a vulnerable lover, his flaws exposed to his other half:

“I cannot tell you the compassion I have felt for all your sufferings for these weeks past that you have had so many drawbacks. Nor the gratitude I have felt for the cheerful & affectionate looks you have given me when I know you have been miserably uncomfortable.

I often think of the words “Thou shalt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.” It is feeling & not reasoning that drives one to prayer. I feel presumptuous in writing this to you…”

 

7.) JOHN KEATS TO FANNY BRAWNE

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One of the main figures of the 2nd generation of English Poets, John Keats gained recognition only after his death and gradually became one of the most beloved of all English Poets. As neighbors, Keats and Brawne exchanged many short notes and occasionally more passionate ones.

“25 College Street

 

My dearest Girl,

 

This moment I have set myself to copy some verses out fair. I cannot proceed with any degree of content. I must write you a line or two and see if that will assist in dismissing you from my Mind for ever so short a time. Upon my Soul I can think of nothing else – The time is passed when I had power to advise and warn you again[s]t the unpromising morning of my Life – My love has made me selfish. I cannot exist without you – I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again – my Life seems to stop there – I see no further. You have absorb’d.  My Creed is Love and you are its only tenet – You have ravish’d me away by a Power I cannot resist: and yet I could resist till I saw you; and even since I have seen you I have endeavored often “to reason against the reasons of my Love.” I can do that no more – the pain would be too great – My Love is selfish – I cannot breathe without you.

 

Yours for ever

John Keats”

 

Love. It transforms the world, yet remains the same. That’s the thing about it.

 

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