People celebrate Valentine’s Day every year, no matter what. And lovebirds start planning and celebrating the whole thing during the entire week, just to avoid any troubles, just in case (who wants to listen to tantrums after all?) But the dilemma starts with what to gift. The budget is tight, but the plans should be right – right? Well – go old school! Write a love letter for your mon amour.
The Best Love Letters! ✍️
Well, today, we did not come here to discuss the “10 best Valentine’s gifts under $5” or “2021 thematical gifts you should buy right now”. But we easy-ed your hunt if your partner or date is an absolute nerd. Is there anything better than old-school love letters and wrapping your feelings with words? Below we have listed the most romantic historical love letters of all time. Even romantics would fall for the words expressed with utmost subtlety.
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1. Oliver Cromwell to Elizabeth Cromwell
“The Lord hath showed us an exceeding mercy: who can tell how great it is. My weak faith hath been upheld. I have been in my inward man marvellously supported; though I assure thee, I grow an old man, and feel infirmities of age marvellously stealing upon me.”
A family descendent of Thomas Cromwell, Oliver Cromwell got married to Elizabeth Bourchier Cromwell back on 22 August 1620. Their marriage was quite beneficial for Mr. Cromwell since he was exposed to a large group of London merchants because of Elizabeth’s father’s connections. The biggest influences have been Oliver St John and Earls of Warwick and Holland. The couple had a total of 9 kids.
2. John Keats to Fanny Brawne
“My dearest Girl,
I have been a walk this morning with a book in my hand, but as usual I have been occupied with nothing hut you: I wish I could say in an agreeable manner. I am tormented day and night. They talk of my going to Italy. ‘Tis certain I shall never recover if I am to be so long separate from you: yet with all this devotion to you I cannot persuade myself into any confidence of you.”
How can we even forget the famous love stories of Keats and Brawne? They are the epitome of love in literature. Every English literature will ship this duo, even though they might not ship their syllabus. Love comes in the most mysterious ways, and you never know when Cupid will shoot his arrows. Such happened with Keats. But not every love story ends well. His life was shortened by tuberculosis, and they did not have the chance to have their holy bonding.
3. Napoleon to Josephine
“Since I left you, I have been constantly depressed. My happiness is to be near you. Incessantly I live over in my memory your caresses, your tears, your affectionate solicitude. The charms of the incomparable Joséphine kindle continually a burning and a glowing flame in my heart.”
From the letters sent to Josephine, we finally conclude that Napoleon had a romantic side as well. After scavenging through history, historians found numerous pieces of evidence, and these letters were eventually turned into several books and motion pictures.
4. Zelda Fitzgerald to F. Scott Fitzgerald
“I love these velvet nights. I’ve never been able to decide whether the night was a bitter enemie or a ‘grand patron’ — or whether I love you most in the eternal classic half-lights where it blends with day or in the full religious fan-fare of mid-night or perhaps in the lux of noon.”
You can say that Fitzgerald(s) had the same passion and troubles as Gatsby (maybe F. Scott could pen down his classic emotions from his life experiences). Even though their partnership had a rough path, but yet the world looked up to them somehow. Their “too-American” lifestyle somehow came in between their way, and that’s when the problems started forming.
Their career as a whole had a lot of ups and downs, and they delved deeper into ruining themselves.
5. Frida Kahlo to Diego Rivera
Truth is, so great, that I wouldn’t like to speak, or sleep, or listen, or love. To feel myself trapped, with no fear of blood, outside time and magic, within your own fear, and your great anguish, and within the very beating of your heart. All this madness, if I asked it of you, I know, in your silence, there would be only confusion. I ask you for violence, in the nonsense, and you, you give me grace, your light and your warmth. I’d like to paint you, but there are no colors, because there are so many, in my confusion, the tangible form of my great love.”
How beautiful is this? You can definitely dedicate this one to your crush. It feels like it’s a piece straight from a young adult novel, but the thing is, this is all real (yes, now it’s high time to raise the bar). You deserve better. Love is best expressed through art, and so did they. They captured each other with paints and brushes for as long as 25 years. But they also had their quota of problems. You name it; they had it on their list.
6. Beethoven to his Unknown Lover
“Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, Be calm-love me-today-yesterday-what tearful longings for you-you-you-my life-my all-farewell. Oh continue to love me-never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours.”
Does the last line sound familiar to you? Yes, it’s from the popular pop movie “Sex and the City”. Finely quoted from Beethoven’s love story. It is yet unknown who this “Immortal Beloved” is, who inspired him to compose so many pieces of his time-transcendental music. Even though we have no clue who the person is (a great work at hiding, we must say), his compositions have a lot to describe. The letters had several vivid descriptions of the person that gave us a perfect portrait, just like any novel does.
7. Lord Byron to Caroline
“My dearest Caroline,
If tears, which you saw & know I am not apt to shed, if the agitation in which I parted from you, agitation which you must have perceived through the whole of this most nervous affair, did not commence till the moment of leaving you approached, if all that I have said & done, & am still but too ready to say & do, have not sufficiently proved what my real feelings are & must be ever towards you, my love, I have no other proof to offer.”
Even though Lord Byron is infamous for his flirting skills, his passionate love for Caroline was famous throughout society. Their coupledom started with a simple fangirl letter, and Lord Byron’ promised to meet with her, and that’s when their journey started. Even though it was an extra-marital affair, yet their temporary love ended on bad terms. A lot of post-breakup drama took place, even though it might sound funny, and we are sure it wasn’t for them.
Go ahead and write your own – just make sure you are carefully choosing your words depending on what your partner likes.
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