Love and Valentine’s Day

Swedish

Tuesday, February 14, it is as usual Valentine’s Day or Alla hjärtans dag that we call it in Swedish. Many think it has become a commercial jibe while some celebrate it as a dear tradition. And so all those who are in the honeymoon phase, they might see it as an opportunity to be together a little more officially. Lovingly, we should really be all year round and not just on February 14th. But that very date has become the day when you express your love for people you love, perhaps especially a love partner or a secret love. How you choose to do this day (and the rest of the year) we do not add any valuation to but at the library we think that love is a very good thing so this week, we put on display some good books on the theme. You can find them in the glass cabinets at the entrance and you are of course welcome to borrow! If you want, you can also lose yourself in a little love poetry at the same time. Maybe you get a sudden whim and recite Nils Ferlin, Erik Lindorm or Lord Byron during your romantic dinner with the girlfriend.

Syntax

I want to call you thou, the sound
of the shape of the start
of a kiss – like this, thou –
and to say, after, I love,
thou, I love, thou I love, not
I love you.

Because I so do –
as we say now – I want to say
thee, I adore, I adore thee,
and to know in my lips
the syntax of love resides,
and to gaze In thine eyes.

Love’s language starts, stops, starts;
the right words flowing or clotting in the heart.

Carol Ann Duffy

Text: Lena Holmberg
Photo: Freestocks org. Unsplash