Part 2 - Quick facts about love poems

Updated: Feb 4

Quick facts about love poems and their history as a phenomenon before 1800 - or what you should know this Valentine's Day to be a true romantic.

Return to our Valentine's Day blog pages. I'm delighted to see that you enjoyed our idea of writing about flowers and Valentine's Day. That's really nice, and it inspires us, as new bloggers, to do more!

But, to be honest, why are you here? You could simply buy chocolates, roses, or teddy bears.... You, on the other hand, chose to read my second blog post. Let me guess and tell you why I believe you've returned.

Even if you already know all the facts about Valentine's Day, there is at least one reason for your return: you want to see if there is a new fun fact that could add to your knowledge and make your stories more entertaining. If so, that's fantastic! That's why we've compiled this list of facts: so you can learn something new and share it with your friends and family in your own words.

At the very least, you're curious, so here's the first thing you should know: there are plenty of Valentine's Day poems about how important love is, but writing poems about love wasn't always as popular as it is today. So please allow me to entertain you for a few moments, as that is what I promised you for this blog.

First, let me clarify that there are two types of poems that do not fall into the category of "love poem." Poems about friendship and erotica are among them. The latter can be written by either men or women for loved ones (and just as often for someone else).

The following fact explains both types of people.

In the past, the erotic poem was not a declaration of love. The author or poet intended it as a thank-you note to his beloved, implying that a man would frequently write poems dedicated to the beloved he took one night and never saw again. We can assume that these poems were at least occasionally heartfelt, even if the relationship did not end well.

The friendship poem was written for friends, not for lovers or for women who were only seen once. It frequently expressed the poets' feelings about their friendship, which they hoped would last forever. The rhyme Sparse by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), written during his exile in Florence, Italy, is a good example of this.

In summary, love poems were written much later than friendship poems because people only wrote about feelings that they expected to be reflected back to them.

Because a person's best friend will not abandon him after expressing his deepest feelings for him in a poem, whereas a stranger may react with disgust or insult if he receives an erotic or love poem from a stranger, these poems were intended as declarations of love or erotic wishes.

Poems ranging from friendship to love

This constellation shifted in the early 18th century, with the publication of Poems on Various Subjects by John Wilmot, known as the Earl of Rochester (1647-1680) in 1680. It included erotic poems as well as love poems dedicated to real women.

The book, contrary to its title, is not a collection of various subjects, but rather alternates between erotic poetry and love poetry.

The transition from friendship poems to love poems was not solely due to the introduction of "poems on various subjects." The early 18th century also saw the publication of the first novels, the majority of which were love stories. As a result, it is reasonable to assume that readers had grown accustomed to the notion that love poems were written for real women.

Then there was sensibility.

All of these changes were linked by a new theme called "sensibility," which was responsible for the fact that love affairs were also described in an emotional manner, such as by using more exclamation points than usual.

Did you read the previous paragraph twice? I'll admit it: you got me. That was more of a made-up fact I made up because it was one of my memories of love letters I'd written and received.

But, in those early days, what role did flowers play?

Now you'll either be surprised or not. However, it is true that there isn't much to say about them. Roses, violets, and daisies were the only flowers given, but they were usually attached to a letter or poem.

Personally, I am grateful to live in this modern era, where I have so many options for expressing my feelings and emotions and to whom - it is entirely a personal and private choice, and that is a wonderful privilege.

We decided to compose and arrange our spring and Valentine's bouquets primarily from roses, violets, and daisies to celebrate this freedom and to give the above flowers the role they deserve in these times.

This is the language of love and friendship, and we are delighted to share it with you.

I hope you enjoyed reading our post today for five minutes. As always, we welcome your feedback and look forward to writing another interesting post for you tomorrow.


Your Christian Felix