4.03.2013

inspired by...love letters

LOVE LETTERS
nothing is more inspiring than the handwritten words of someone pouring their heart and soul out through ink onto a piece of paper.
i came across a lot of these while researching for FAMILIARITY WITH THE DEVIL (it takes place in both the modern day and 17th century connecticut) and even ended up quoting an excerpt of a letter from john keats to fanny brawne (who's relationship i'm quite intrigued by).
i'm honored to have been left my grandparents' love letters from when they were first dating (early 1930's) and separated by his work with the civilian conservation corps (CCC). so amazing to get a glimpse into their younger years - he would walk miles just to see her (it was during the depression and he didn't have a car). my dad says, my grandfather claimed he had to cross a mountain :)
i also have my own love letters from when my husband was in afghanistan - each word i wrote so dear to me...each of his words, i hung to like fingertips on the edge of a cliff.
i'll leave you with the impassioned words of john keats:
"Ask yourself my love whether you are not very cruel to have so entrammelled me, so destroyed my freedom. Will you confess this in the Letter you must write immediately, and do all you can to console me in it—make it rich as a draught of poppies to intoxicate me—write the softest words and kiss them that I may at least touch my lips where yours have been. For myself I know not how to express my devotion to so fair a form: I want a brighter word than bright, a fairer word than fair. I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days—three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain."

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26 comments:

  1. Oohhh, nice! I totally agree. There is nothing like a good love letter. Wonderful!

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  2. Wonderful! And yet freaky, given my post this week, lol. I hope love letters aren't soon to become extinct. Love emails don't quite have the same "romance", do they?

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    1. I know! Total freaky Friday (eh...Thursday)! And yeah, emails...not so much.

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  3. That love letter gave me goosebumps! Loved it:) Very beautiful post. What a keepsake!

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    1. Isn't it amazing?! Thanks for stopping by Jennifer :)

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  4. Oh, how wonderful to have any letters from grandparents and to have love letters between the two, so much better. You are fortunate.

    http://www.miaceleste.com/?p=274

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    1. I am indeed. Thanks for reading Mia :)

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  5. Aww! So romantic! And you totally just made me flash back to my first summer camp boyfriend who actually wrote to me using fountain pen!

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    1. Oh my...a fountain pen?! Must have been quite the summer ;)

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  6. That's so wonderful that you have your grandparents' letters. *Swoon* :)

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  7. Ooh, I love this! And I can't believe I haven't seen this movie. Must watch immediately!

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    1. I haven't seen it either!!! Just discovered it while writing this blog. Will be watching it SOON!

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  8. *sigh* the romance! You are so right about the impact that love letters have, and what a treasure to have your grandparents'. Thank you for reminding me of the deep romantic emotions that can come across, and this: "each word i wrote so dear to me...each of his words, i hung to like fingertips on the edge of a cliff." was brilliant! I look forward to any books by you with lines like that. :D

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    1. Oh my, thank you for the compliment! *blushing* And thanks for stopping by :)

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  9. This was such a pretty post, it seemed dainty for some reason maybe it's just me lol. I wish I still have all the notes me and my wife used to write each other they were all in a box and got lost in a move.

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    1. Dainty? Why, I do declare...

      I'll take dainty :)

      So sorry you lost your letters :( I lost all of mine from when my husband was in basic training - still makes me queasy. :/

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  10. What a wonderful topic! I just have to share this with you. It's from a love letter written by a Civil War soldier to his wife- his last, as it turns out, before he was killed in battle:

    "Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break; and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me unresistibly on with all these chains to the battle field...

    "...But, O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the gladdest days and in the darkest nights ... always, always, and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath, as the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by."

    I get all choked up every time I read that. Love letters are definitely inspiring!





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    1. Wow...total goosebumps! Thanks for sharing that Laura. XO

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  11. There's something about letters — especially during the times when it was the main form of communicating — that really engages me. It feels like they had such multi-faceted roles: to convey information, emotion, and a human connection.

    One of my favourite novels, Bram Stoker's Dracula (written in the late 19th century!) is composed of diary entries and letters that the characters sent to each other. Many of them are love letters. Imagine poor Jonathan Harker, trapped in Dracula's castle in Transylvania, sending a desperate love letter to his fiancee, Mina, left behind in a coastal town in England, not knowing if he was ever going to see her again.

    The letters made it such a compelling and engaging read!

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    1. I totally need to read that John!!! I was OBSESSED with the 90's movie adaptation.

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  12. I agree with Risurocket. I love your writing --look forward to reading your book someday!
    Now, I want to go digging through boxes and see if I can find some handwritten treasures. I think it's sad that they don't even teach cursive anymore.

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    1. You guys are too kind! I'm flattered :)

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