The Ideal of Love

That Love is all there is,
Is all we know of Love;
It is enough, the freight should be
Proportioned to the groove.
–Emily Dickinson

The Ideal of Love is very closely tied to the Ideal of Beauty, as I explored in my book of the same name, and the quote from John Vyvyan in his Shakespeare and Platonic Beauty with which I opened that book bears repeating: Considered philosophically, love and beauty were invented by Plato.

Link to full essay.

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