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O Valentine's Day: Bring Back Thy Love

Tomorrow will be the day that “we should all love and adore.” But the question that has been raised as of late is whether or not Valentine’s Day is slowly losing its significance? Since ancient times, love was appreciated to the extreme of life and death circumstances. Now, in the year of 2015 it seems that it is losing its meaning. Taking a deeper look into the poetry created during those times one can see how important love was.  The earliest surviving valentine is a 15th-century short poem written by Charles, Duke of Orléans to his wife, which says:

Je suis desja d'amour tanné

Ma tres doulce Valentinée...

—Charles d'Orléans, 

Rondeau VI, lines 1–2

At the time, the duke was being held in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt, 1415. Two other examples are Ophelia’s vocal expression in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1600) and Gammer Gurton's Garland (1784):

To-morrow is Saint Valentine's day,

All in the morning betime,

And I a maid at your window,

To be your Valentine.

Then up he rose, and donn'd his clothes,

And dupp'd the chamber-door;

Let in the maid, that out a maid

Never departed more.

—William Shakespeare, 

Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5

In the collection of English nursery rhymes you’ll find the famous cliché for Valentine’s Day poems.

The rose is red, the violet's blue,

The honey's sweet, and so are you.

Thou art my love and I am thine;

I drew thee to my Valentine:

The lot was cast and then I drew,

And Fortune said it shou'd be you.

-Collection of English Nursery Rhymes,

Gammer Gurton’s Garland

But that was then and this is now:

  • I'm sorry I didn't get you a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day, but if you want something sweet I'm right here.

  • Once you go cupid, the rest are just stupid!

  • Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I tell Cupid to shoot you with that arrow one more time?

  • Hello, Cupid called... he says to tell you that he needs my heart back.

  • I'll be your "alentine" for now; you'll need to give me the "V" after dinner.

  • When I look at you, I see more stars than the cast list in that Valentine's Day movie.

  • Aside from being sexy, what do you do for a living?

  • Hey, my name's Microsoft. Can I crash at your place tonight?

  • If I could rearrange the alphabet, I'd put 'I' and 'U' together."

  • Are you a parking ticket? Because you've got FINE written all over you.

Now, if that doesn’t call for an S.O.S. then I don’t know what will. Personally, everyone loves a good laugh but I truly believe that we need to re-evaluate how we all view love. In addition, another interesting aspect is what Valentine’s day represents in today’s time. The holiday is so commercialised that it turns many people off from even participating. I’m guilty myself of no longer looking forward to the day which highlights love. So who are we to blame? Should we blame the media for the pressure the holiday brings onto us or should we blame ourselves for losing an interest in romance, passion and love? These are things to think about as another Valentine’s day approaches. One thing is for sure, it is our duty to bring back the love. There’s too much hatred and evilness that exists in this world. Therefore, we need to once again embrace the meaning of love and parade it all throughout Valentine’s Day and the rest of the year. That is your challenge; to bring back the love.

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