From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
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.
Floris and Blancheflour was between the period 1200 and 1350 one of the most popular of all the romantic plots.
Schopenhauer argues for the importance of love in literature in tmosl:
- "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
- The first sight of the beautiful princess Angelica (character) in Ariosto's Orlando furioso and the witch Armida in Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered enchant the knights that perceive them; Giovanni Boccaccio's Elegy of Lady Fiammetta describes the ravages of love at first sight on a woman.
- Love at first sight occurs in Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. Romeo falls in love with Juliet when he first sees her.
- In the novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, the characters Marius Pontmercy and Cosette fall in love after glancing into each others' eyes.
- 'It was love at first sight' is the opening sentence to the Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22.
- In Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid," the protagonist falls in love with a human prince when she first sees him and rescues him from drowning.
- in the Hunger Games trilogy, the character Peeta falls in love with the protagonist, Katniss, when he first saw her at the first day in school and heard her sing.
- Adultery in literature
- Beauty and the beast
- Love song
- Love Story
- Romance film
- Romance novel
- Romantic love
- Romeo and Juliet
- Unrequited love