Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Romance Cannot Be Dead

I refuse to believe I am the only person left in this world that wants the lost romance of the old days. I love the idea of courtship: flowers, poems, candlelit dinners, holding hands in the park and late night serenades. I really want that idealistic love, that nonexistent romance that only exists in movies. It's such a beautiful and foreign concept to me and I can't imagine settling for less. With today's technology, people assume texting, emails and IMs are romantic and proper ways of developing a relationship. It's so difficult to even get a phone call anymore, let alone a love letter. I want a world that doesn't revolve around instant gratification. Love is something that should develop slowly, like a flower that you so anxiously await the bud to bloom. Somethings really are worth the wait.

I love this excerpt because it implies that marriage is not a measure of true love and emotion, Romeo simply desires real romantic unison with Juliet.

"Then plainly know my heart's dear love is set On the fair daughter of rich Capulet: As mine on hers, so hers is set on mine; And all combined, save what thou must combine By holy marriage: when and where and how We met, we woo'd and made exchange of vow, I'll tell thee as we pass; but this I pray, That thou consent to marry us to-day." --Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II

One of my favorite romantic scenes from one of the most romantic movies of all time: Breakfast at Tiffany's, c. 1961

And Lastly, one of my most favorite romantic classical songs by Claude Debussy Claire De Lune, c. 1890

Oh boy, and to think I still have two weeks until Valentine's Day.