Forms of Love 12: Blood Bonds

Storge. Familial love. The first sonnet of this collection was dedicated to one expression of this form of love: patriotism. This week’s is dedicated to the essence of all patriotism: family love. The strongest bond of all. It can be hard to maintain familial love. Partners aside, we don’t choose our family members. This sonnet… Continue reading Forms of Love 12: Blood Bonds

Forms of Love 11: Friendly Love

This week I continue to explore φιλία/philía’ (affectionate regard or friendship). Last week’s depicted platonic love as love that benefits from restraint – from not becoming tainted by carnal intimacy. This time I celebrate friendship that is entirely separate from any form of romantic or erotic desire: true friendship. This week I’ve formed two polyptotons:… Continue reading Forms of Love 11: Friendly Love

Forms of Love 10: philia

This week’s ‘Forms of Love’ sonnet is inspired by the Ancient Greek word ‘φιλία/philía’: affectionate regard or friendship. It is love without physical attraction. Plato did not see physical attraction as a necessary part of love. For this reason, philía is commonly known as Platonic love. ‘Repression Alchemy’ is the launch pad for my exploration… Continue reading Forms of Love 10: philia

Forms of Love 9: Playful Love

My poetic exploration of Ancient Greek words for live continues this week with a focus on ludus: playful love. Ludus is the experience of young lovers: having a crush, teasing, dancing and flirting. (It’s not a board game with four differently coloured quadrants – that’s Ludo.) ‘Playful Love’ is arranged in three quatrains with a… Continue reading Forms of Love 9: Playful Love