Unrequited love has a long cultural history. The 1st century BC Roman poet Catullus wrote about his unrequited love for Lesbia in several of his Carmina
"A mighty pain to love it is,
And 'tis a pain that pain to miss;
But of all pains, the greatest pain
It is to love, but love in vain."
"He would not stay for me, and who can wonder?
He would not stay for me to stand and gaze.
I shook his hand and tore my heart in sunder
And went with half my life about my ways."
I Love you so much there are not words
I love you so much when I see you I start to hurl
I love you so much I want you to be loved
I loved you enough to tell you to fly
I loved you with every thing even when over was the high
I loved you always you are my best friend
I un hate you so much I feel childish again
I love the love in love people feel.
I feel like the knives are raining again
unrequited love is real, I feel this each way
I've loved you since we hugged graduation day
I wish you didn't love another, I wish you were here
but you will never be and that's my larges fear
To never tell you I'll love till I leave with my soul
30 now crept up, you were my goal
so many pains and so many times I was a coward
The anger of knowing you were so two sided was too much for me to bear
I hated so much I knew I would forget
I hated so much I live with that regret
5 and some you have been gone and the pain is still
please end me now like kavork.
I don't have the will
I'm sorry for the pain and sorry for the loss
Loosing you came at the greatest cost.
Please love him well
Please love him true
I let him go to see that's what learning lovers can do
I'll still have tears every day
for never having the right words to say
I thought you were wrong for me and found out you were right. I love you and theirs no reason to fight.
Its contradictory in that you feel incredible because you love someone so much, but also at the same time you feel almost overwhelming despair because you will never know what it is like to hold them in your arms, or touch their face, or kiss their lips. You will never know what it is like to wake-up next to them in bed in the morning, bodies entwined.
It can be masochistic in nature- it causes such heartache, but you enjoy loving the person so much, you willingly let your heart go through the agony, so you can hold onto something- I don't know, maybe hope?
In any case, unrequited love is a very sad thing.
Its like drowning but you just won't fucking die.
However, when one day you realise the one you love, loves you back, it gives you the most amazing, elated feeling you never thought was possible.
1. Romeo to Benvolio - "well, in that hit you miss: she'll not be hit With Cupid's arrow, she hath Dian's wit;"
2. Tom will never know how much he means to me... after all this time.
Even songs are written about it: "And behind his tierd eyes, she sees the boy with his arms wide, who made her feel like an angel... 'cus she's lovin' him still for the rest of her life..."