Forms of Love 13: Elements of Desire

This ‘forms of love’ sonnet is inspired by pragma: enduring love. The opposite of enduring love is short-term selfishness.  This sonnet makes the case for pragma by presenting a grasping, flawed argument for short-term selfishness. The theme throughout the three quatrains is the need for stuff: fire, air, water and earth. (These were the pre-Socratic… Continue reading Forms of Love 13: Elements of Desire

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

Forms of Love 8: Enduring Love

This ‘Forms of Love’ sonnet is dedicated to the Ancient Greek ‘pragma’: enduring love. If Love is enduring, it remains strong over time. It is therefore in competition with time. This thought led to the idea of writing a sonnet in which Time (personified) attacks Love. The fist quatrain depicts Time as both “vandal” defacing… Continue reading Forms of Love 8: Enduring Love

Forms of Love 7: Mania – the flip side

‘Survival’, like many of my sonnets, arranges clauses in atypical orders. Poetic licence presents the opportunity to arrange clauses in ways that would seem incorrect in prose. For example, in the first quatrain, the speaker will “suffocate” with the “awful weight” of the “absence” of their desire’s love. But instead of using following the prosaic… Continue reading Forms of Love 7: Mania – the flip side

Forms of Love 6: Mania

The Greek word that inspired this sonnet is mania… obsessive love. The metaphors for the love interest in each quatrain develop through the sonnet. At first, the object of affection/adoration/obsession is a “flare” shot into the sky by a person in distress. In the second quatrain, the love interest is golden treasure “buried deep” underground.… Continue reading Forms of Love 6: Mania

Forms of Love 5: Balance Beam

This ‘Forms of Love’ sonnet is dedicated to the Ancient Greek ‘philautía’, which is love of the self. Alternatively, ‘philautía’ could be described as regard for your own advantage or happiness. This quality is critical; it provides us with the ability to enjoy existence.  Philautia is a life-saving medicine: too little and you perish because… Continue reading Forms of Love 5: Balance Beam