Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine,
Love, thou art every day my Valentine! -Thomas Hood
There’s nothing like a great love poem, and as we all know, love is always even sweeter when celebrated on Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th all around the world, and is the second most celebrated holiday after New Year’s Day. In many countries it is actually a religious feast day honoring Saint Valentine.
The day was first associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages when literary men such as Chaucer promoted the idea of “courtly love” in their writings. By the 1500s both men and women were celebrating their love on Saint Valentine’s Feast Day by exchanging gifts known as “Valentines.”
Although beginning as a Christian holiday, today Valentine’s Day is heartily celebrated in many non-Christian countries. And in many of them the tradition continues for the man to present a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates to the woman. However, in Japan it is the tradition for the woman to give a Valentine’s Day gift to the man of a homemade chocolate confection of some kind.
In almost all instances the chocolates are either presented in a heart-shaped box, or are created in the shape of a heart.
Handmade cards began to be exchanged by the 16th century, and continued as the norm until the mid 1800s when Valentine’s Day cards became massed produced, which also allowed the tradition of Valentine’s Day cards to become popular throughout the world.
This year why don’t you try your hand at writing your own Valentine’s Day poetry? It could be seriously romantic, as Thomas Hood’s (above), or a fun limerick, such as my attempt below:
There once was an ergonomic pen
Used to pen poetry by Ben.
He wrote of the dance
Of Valentine’s romance
With his trusty UGLee Pen!