Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
It are the most frequently quoted lines of the poem:
- I hold it true, whate'er befall;
- I feel it when I sorrow most;
- Tis better to have loved and lost
- Than never to have loved at all.
This stanza is to be found in Canto 27. The last two lines are usually taken as offering a meditation on the dissolution of a romantic relationship. However the lines actually refer to the death of the poet's beloved friend.