February, the month of love, is saying goodbye for now, but you can still make an impression with the one you love with a good old-fashioned love letter all year long. But, how exactly do you write a love letter?
First, understand where a love letter comes from and what a love letter is. It’s a letter that expresses feelings to someone on paper, in an email, or even left in a secret location.
Before you write one, consider the preference of your sweetheart. Would she want a letter that’s short and sweet? Long and passionate? Whatever you decide, just be sure that the sentiment comes from the heart.
Literature gives us great examples of the power of a heartfelt missive. “Love Letters” by A. R. Gurney centers around two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, who wrote letters to each other expressing their hopes and feelings for each other and their lives, as they are separated by different schools and war.
Andrew’s life soars to the clouds, while Melissa’s plummets down to the ground in despair. Even though the play has a sad ending, it shows that no matter how much time passes, their love lasts a lifetime because of those letters.
French actress Juliette Drouet is credited with writing thousands of letters to her love, famed author Victor Hugo over the course of 50 years. In one, she wrote: “I recognise you in all the beauty that surrounds me in form, in colour, in perfume, in harmonious sound: all of these mean you to me. You are superior to all. I see and admire – you are all!”
Love letters can help you pour out the feelings deep down inside you. But more than that, they can leave a lasting impression of the love and passion you have in your heart.