Monday, February 13, 2012

The Most Famous Lovers of Literature and History

In honor of Valentine's Day! From, the most famous lovers in literature and history.

(I'm also participating in Blonde Episodes' Valentine's Day link-up.  Scroll down for my response!)

OK, so unless you're extremely erudite or well-versed in literature and mythology, you may not have even heard of some of these.  Others you'll know from famous movies.  Here we go:

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1. Romeo and Juliet--portrayed by Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting in Franco Zeffirelli's movie adaptation of Shakespeare's famous play.

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2. Cleopatra and Mark Antony-portrayed by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor 

3. Lancelot and Guinevere

4. Layla and Majnun--OK, this one I admit I had never heard of, but you can read about them here

5. Tristan and Iseult (Isolde)--pictured portrayed by James Franco and Sophia Myles in the 2006 movie adaptation

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6. Eloise and Abelard

7. Paris and Helena--portrayed by Orlando Bloom and Diane Krueger

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8. Orpheus and Eurydike

9. Napoleon and Josephine--portrayed by Armand Assante and Jacqueline Bisset

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10. Cyrano and Roxane

11. Pyramus and Thisbe

12. Werther and Lotte

13. Odysseus and Penelope

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14. Jane Eyre and Rochester--(portrayed by Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska) The romance from my favorite novel of all time! It gives hope to every young girl who isn't beautiful that the man of her dreams can still fall madly, passionately in love with her. Who can forget Jane's impassioned speech to Rochester, just before he declares his love for her:

"Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you."

15. Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler--(famously played by Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable) From one of my favorite books and movies, Gone With the Wind.

Got any favorites here?--or couples that you think should be added to the list? Let me know in my comments section!

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Now for the link-up, hosted by Blonde Episodes. Kori is asking:

What does love mean to you?

Here's my reply...

 Love is meeting the needs of another.

 Love's not a feeling--it's an action!

The best expression of what love is all about comes from I Corinthians chapter 13 in the Bible: 
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails...
...13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Go here to join the link-up!


CT Cupcake said...

thanks for stopping by my blog! happy valentine's day!

Redheaded Daybook said...

this was a cute idea :)
some of these lovers i have never heard of, but most i have and they are such beautiful stories!!

thanks for stopping by :)

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Loved looking at the pictures and remembering these movies! To me the ultimate statement of love came from Christ...when you are willing to give your life for another.

Shabbychicdiva said...

Beautiful post! Happy Valentine's Day!!♥Winona

Katie said...

i love how you ended the post with the verse about love! : )

Ruth said...

So cute!!! I love Rhett & Scarlett

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Hands down, it's Rhett and Scarlett! Interesting and informative post! Happy hearts day!

Amanda said...

Great love stories!

Stop by again soon!


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