Cliches, Oxymorons and Paradoxes, oh my!
Petrarchan poetry is chalk full of oxymorons and paradoxes that describe love, and while some of them may sound ridiculous, I find that the most compelling ways to explain love, are, in fact, paradoxes.
When you are in love, nothing makes sense, yet everything is clear.
You find a person who is entirely unlike anyone you have ever met before, yet is everything you have ever needed.
Everything comes alive and everything has more meaning, yet nothing will ever again mean as much as the person standing in front of you.
You are terrified of losing them, yet you feel safe in a way you never have before.
Everything you have ever head about love—all of the cliches and reveries—all proves true, yet no romance story ever again seems as powerful once you have your own.
You can be embarrassed by and in love with the same person all at once; you can be angry and head over heels in love without being able to separate the two.
Everything can be right in the face of everything going wrong.
Love, it seems, defies all laws of nature and creates them at the same time.