Love, Spring, and Love

Love, Spring, and Love
Isabel del Rio

What is love?

Yareah magazine next issue, Spring issue, is going to be about Love: what is love? There are different kinds of love: for children, for family, for friends, for all mankind…, but there is a common point, because love fills you of energy, of desires of doing things, and we want to progress (for you, by the other person, or for the new optimism).

In my opinion, Love de Vega (1562-1635), a Spanish poet and famous playwright, wrote the most marvelous poem about love. With my clumsy poetic rhythm, I have translated the beginning:



Lope de Vega

Lope de Vega

What is Love?

Fainted, bold, furious,

tender, aloof, generous,

dead, alive, courageous,

loyal, cowardly, treacherous.

Satisfaction or peace don’t exist beyond your lover.

To look happy, sad, humble, arrogant,

angry, brave, fugitive,

satisfied, offended, distrustful.

To turn your face from clear proofs of deceit,

To drink poison as if it were a soothing liquor,

To disregard gain and delight in being injured.

To believe that heaven may be in the hell;

To devote your life and soul to being disillusioned;

This is love; whoever has tasted, whoever knows it.


Yes: ‘To believe that heaven may be in the hell’… and we must recognize Lope de Vega knew about love and no love.

In his youth, he was exiled from Madrid form having a relationship with a lady of noble birth, he (of course) broke the exile and was about to go the galleys… He married for economic interests and cheated the wife… He repented and was a priest, but (of course) he left the convent to live with Marta (Amarilis in his poems). However, Marta fell ill and this time (of course) he was a devoted husband while he was in the peak of his career. His home was full of money and jewels but one of his daughters (very similar to the father) stole all to run away with an actor, who left her soon. Crying the daughter returned home and Lope forgave her…, because This is Love, ‘to believe that heaven may be in the hell’.

As always, we count on the collaboration of great authors and artists: Valery Petrovskiy, Alex Pruteanu, Elena Malec, Tamara Linse, Mauro Mari, Russ Layton, Charles Kinney, Ann Timmermans, Seb Zar, Joseph Mailander… you should wait and enjoy (of course)!

**Furthermore, if you like to hear the poem in Spanish, it sounds fantastic: listen to the video.


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