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Romantic love, however, may also be classified according to two categories, “popular romance” and “divine”(or “spiritual”) romance

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Romantic love, however, may also be classified according to two categories, “popular romance” and “divine”(or “spiritual”) romance

In the following excerpt, from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet , Romeo, in saying “all combined, save what thou must combine By holy marriage” implies that it is not marriage with Juliet that he seeks but simply to be joined with her romantically. That “I pray That thou consent to marry us” implies that the marriage means the removal of the social obstacle between the two opposing families, not that marriage is sought by Romeo with Juliet for any other particular reason, as adding to their love or giving it any more meaning.

“Then plainly know my heart’s dear love is set On the fair daughter of rich Capulet: As mine on hers, so hers is set on mine; And all combined, save what thou must combine By holy marriage: when and where and how We met, we woo’d and made exchange of vow, I’ll tell thee as we pass; but this I pray, That thou consent to marry us to-day.”

Read More »Romantic love, however, may also be classified according to two categories, “popular romance” and “divine”(or “spiritual”) romance