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Pearls of Love: How to Write Love Letters and Love Poems Paperback – December 7, 2007
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If you know someone heading to the pen... give them a few copies of this book, it might get them something to barter with.
The author provides sample love letters and lots of pretty quotes by famous personalities through history, and then gets down to the nitty gritty in detailed outline form, moving from "Use words which are familiar to you" and "Use alternate words to create variety" (all of which requires detailed explanations, apparently) to that all-important reminder: "Determine the subject matter." There are sections devoted to defining the parts of speech, lists of effective words, and dozens of entire "Love Paragraphs," "Love Sentences," and "Love Poems" and poem fragments you can paste right into your declarations from the heart.
If all of this sounds a little, well, schematic and calculated, I'm afraid that's how it looks to me. From my perspective, having written and received some dynamite love letters over the years without ever turning to reference works or instruction, this book would only be of use to a person who was either too young really to be in love (say, a 12-year-old), or too illiterate to express something honest, true, and vulnerable that is direct from the heart...
I suspect I won't be buying a copy of Mr. Movsesian's poems, thank you very much. END
Interestingly, you can search for the Swallow from Capistrano line and you'll find that this book is providing form letters for scams on middle aged and older women around the world. These letters are sent after meeting on dating sites and are used to show their love. Once hooked, they hit them up for money.
It's beyond me why anybody would read any of the stuff in this and see it as sincere unless you believe that everything Jane Austen wrote is happening today and the same forms of expression of her time are valid today.
For me, it's great to keep around the house. If one of the kids ingests poison, I'll read it to induce vomiting.