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Love Through The Ages | Symptoms of Love

Ruth Owen | Wednesday October 12, 2011

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Symptoms of Love

Robert Graves 1895-1985

To end this wider reading resource, here is a poem by Robert Graves, more famously known for his First World War poetry, where love, romantic love in this case, is treated as an illness.

‘Love is a universal migraine,
A bright stain on the vision
Blotting out reason.

Symptoms of true love
Are leanness, jealousy,
Laggard dawns;

Are omens and nightmares -
Listening for a knock,
Waiting for a sign:

For a touch of her fingers
In a darkened room,
For a searching look.

Take courage, lover!
Can you endure such grief
At any hand but hers?’


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