Love story  

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Ill-Matched Lovers (c. 1520/1525) by Quentin Matsys
Ill-Matched Lovers (c. 1520/1525) by Quentin Matsys

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Romantic love is one of the most enduring literary themes and a general trope in narratology. From romance novels to romance films, from love songs on popular radio, our lives are filled with stories of love and unrequited love.


In literature

Middle Ages

courtly love

Floris and Blancheflour was between the period 1200 and 1350 one of the most popular of all the romantic plots.


William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

19th century

Kierkegaard also addressed these ideas in works such as Either/Or and Stages on Life's Way.

Schopenhauer argues for the importance of love in literature in "The Metaphysics of Sexual Love":

"the love of the sexes [are] as a rule the chief theme of all dramatic works, tragical as well as comical, romantic as well as classical, Indian as well as European. Not less is it the material of by far the largest part of lyrical and also of epic poetry, especially if we class with the latter the enormous piles of romances which for centuries every year has produced in all the civilised countries of Europe as regularly as the fruits of the earth. As regards their main contents, all these works are nothing else than many-sided brief or lengthy descriptions of the passion we are speaking of. Moreover, the most successful pictures of it such, for example, as Romeo and Juliet, La Nouvelle Heloise, and Werther have gained immortal fame."

Love at first sight in literature

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