Portfolio Piece : 'Tis Better to Have Loved and Lost, Then Never to Have Loved at All '

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“ Tis Better to have loved and lost Then never to have loved at all. “

Love is complicated, complex notion. It is not necessarily roses and chocolates, or “rainbows and butterflies” as the Maroon Five song says. It is the subject of art, music, films and literature.
Love is all-encompassing, consuming and rich. So much so that when loss is involved it can be so traumatic that it is difficult, if not impossible to recover. Many believe that to lose a loved one is the greatest pain possible – that it will destroy you. I have heard people say that it’s so much easier never to love. According to Adele, Orsino, Tennyson and the Beatles, and in my own opinion, that is not true, we believe: “Tis better to have
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Their growing up together and their maturation made their love a worthwhile experience and even the pain of the break up cannot destroy that.

Adele’s feelings are far from new, some 40 years ago The Beatles made reference to this exact kind of romantic love in their song “When I’m Sixty- Four”. It is sung by a young man to his lover, and is about his plans of growing old together with her. He refers to his love as permanent and enduring. He was able to appreciate an enriched caring quality in her life. He proposes the questions of: “Will you still need me, will you still feed me When I’m Sixty-Four?”- This shows us his utmost commitment and loyalty for his lover hoping that she has a mutual lifetime commitment to him. Through out this song, he gives the listener the impression that his love is everlasting. He hopes too that his lover will still need him and feed him when he is Sixty- Four. The somewhat humourous lyrics mask a darker question: can love last? This is the rhetorical question that we all want answered. The song begs to know whether time, ageing and life can destroy or change real love. The question remains unanswered but is actually not important, because the fact remains that whether love ends, dissipates or dies, it is still better to “have loved and lost than never to
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