Writing Love letters has been an expression of the raw and true emotion of human passion that has been composed and treasured for centuries.
Love letters can take many forms; in fact, the oldest known love poem is from 4000 years ago – etched in stone. It was from Sumerian King Shu-Sin and given to Enlil on the night they were married.
“You have captivated me, Let me stand trembling before you.”
The first Valentine was written almost 2,500 years after Shu-Sin’s tablet – it was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife in 1415, while incarcerated in the Tower of London after Agincourt. It’s now in the British Library. Based on that letter, British romantics began to celebrate St. Valentines Day (Feb 14th) in the 17th century.
Historically, the most popular form of love letters were in a sonnet or poem form – like Shakespeare’s work, but in the early eighteenth century, love letters became much more personal and pure. Missives from this period showed tenderness, charm, and even humor. Most letters were hand written and had some type of love token.
Here are 9 great ideas ways to send a written expression of your love to your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.
L.O.V.E.: Write an acrostic poem for your loved ones name.
WORD ASSOCIATION: Open a book- Flip it open at random, close your eyes and point to a word on the page. Write down the word and a random memory or thought you have with or about your loved on associated with that word.
MADE FOR T.V.: Pitch a movie or sitcom about your love story complete with tag line and description.
WISH YOU WERE HERE: List a few times in your life you wish you would have had your spouse with you.
TIME TRAVELER: Which points in your spouse’s life would you go back and visit- just as an observer – explain why.
BONNIE & CLYDE: If you had to commit a crime together, what would it be?
ONCE UPON A TIME: Transform your story into a Disney-esque fairy tale. Start with “Once upon a time . . .”
FLASHBACK: Share a childhood memory you’ve never shared with them before. Make it about loving something – favorite doll, favorite memory – compare it to your loved one.
YOU COMPLETE ME: Provide a detailed description of how your loved one has made you a better person.