Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 2:08:30 AM
“All we need is love (John Lennon).” Love has been always described as an important thing for humans must to experience. Lovers always tell each other, “I love you.” But what is true love? Could a puppy love could be a form of a love? Or could one-sided love could be another form of love? Could obsession be a love? I believe that love is any form of affections from one to another. Puppy love is love. One-sided love is love. Even obsession is a love.
Puppy love, or kitten love, is a feeling of love or romance by young people during their childhood or adolescence. Usually, parents and teachers tell young couples in school that their love isn’t real. However, Romeo and Juliet from William Shakespeare’s play sincerely loved each other so much that they gave up their lives for each other.
Francesco Petrarch, a poet and humanist, wrote sonnets that were admired during the Renaissance. One day, Petrarch saw a beautiful, but unreachable woman named Laura. Petrarch had a huge crush on her. However, Laura would never love Petrarch back. Petrarch could do anything for her. The greatest example extant is 366 poems lauding Laura’s beauty. In sonnet 90, it says that “Well, though the bow’s unbent, the wound bleeds on.” When a person falls in love, it is said that he is hit by the cupid’s arrow. ‘The wound bleeds on’ explains that although Laura doesn’t love Petrarch, he still loves her – which is one-sided or unrequited love. Petrarch had an endless, but hopeless love until death.
Obsession is an excessive love, and therefore not commendable; it tortures the one who receives it. Love is sweet and adorable. However, the sweetness isn’t all. Love is also obsessive, insane, and suspicious. Obsession is an abusive form of love. Obsession is the form of the love that should not be happen. One of Shakespeare’s plays, The Tragedy of Othello is about a Moor general who killed his wife, Desdemona because of obsession. Othello loved Desdemona more than anything, but he was always suspicious if Desdemona was cheating on him. His love was excessive, torturing, and desperate-which was later called obsession.
Love could be in any form, as long as one shows affections to another. Puppy love is a form of love. Romeo and Juliet loved each other so much that they have died in the age of 13. One-sided love could also be love. Petrarch is who insanely loved Laura that he wrote 366 poems for her. Obsession is another form of love. Othello loved Desdemona, but killed her due to his obsession. I believe that the true love, the most beautiful form of love is love that makes both loving and loved one happy. Romeo and Juliet’s puppy love, Petrarch’s one-sided love, and Othello’s obsession did not actually make them happy. Their love only ended in misery. All you need is love. All you need is love that makes you sincerely happy.