How True is True Love in Modern Times?

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Does True Love Exist? "I love you." These three little words might possibly be the most powerful statement one can make to another person. In life, most yearn for the intimate affection that a certain someone can provide them. Women dream of their Prince Charming to come and sweep them off their feet, while men search for the love of their life that sets their heart on fire. But what happens when love is thrown around without a second thought? Has this four letter word become an overused cliché? Has love been replaced with lust? Is there such a thing as true love? This last question has been asked throughout history, while many have argued and debated over the final answer. We, as a society, have become a loveless, sex crazed group of …show more content…
She finds it ridiculous that some would commit suicide for such a small thing as having no one to love. "I might be driven to sell your love for peace, / Or trade the memory of this night for food," (12-13) she says, imagining a situation where she must choose between love and basic necessities.
However, in the last line of the poem, after thinking about this sacrifice, she simply answers, "I do not think I would," (14) proving that in the end, she would rather be left with love. Millay explains that some people do not cherish love as they should, and would give up a special moment for something tangible. She clearly shows that although she realizes love is not the only goal in life, she would not trade her feelings for anything else in the world. In the poem, "True Love," by Wislawa Szymborska, love is depicted as a revolting and repulsive act looked upon by the public. Szymborska questions true love, asking, "Is it normal, / is it serious, is it practical?" (1-2) With all the time and effort that is put into love, most would wonder about the same things as Szymborska. The poet begins to criticize those in love that are "Placed on the same pedestal for no good reason, / drawn randomly from millions" (5-6). Those who are envious of couples in love often feel this way too, wondering why it couldn't be them instead. She says that it is unfair that love chooses only some, "…disrupt[ing]…

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