Unrequited love is love that is not openly reciprocated or understood as such, even though reciprocation is usually deeply desired. The beloved may or may not be aware of the admirer's deep affections. The Merriam Webster Online Dictionary defines unrequited as "not reciprocated or returned in kind."

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 love you so much and can't stand the pain
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.
by ElliotsKanklewieghts May 23, 2010

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It's when a block of ice makes you melt.
Poet: When you give someone your whole heart and she doesn't want it, you cannot take it back. It's gone forever (ie. unrequited love sucks).

You: Holy fuck!!! Now what? It´s not even like I wanted anything!

Friend: Stick by her, if she´s worth it... One day she may get that this shit is for free.

You: Cool! I´ll try that...
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Is when a person is madly in love with someone, and the one she/he loves does not return the love. Often, the person in love tries desperately to show her love, but to no avail.

The person may feel rejection, depression, mania, or anxiety, because her love isn't returned, but it doesn't stop her from devoting all her love anyhow.

She may feel like she's going crazy!
Euphoria Godsent, wrote a song about unrequited love called, "Maybe You"ll Love Me."

The lyrics are, Why do you hate me? Always reject me. Seems like everything I do, it's never enough for you. Why do you neglect me? I feel like I'm nothing....
by UnTieMe January 05, 2013

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A love that is one-sided, malnourished, and weak.
It is felt only by one person for another that does not return the same feeling.
It is desperate, frustrating, and out-of-control. I am personally experiencing it now with a boy I am so deeply in love with. We are together, and his love for me was warm and all-encompassing a couple of months ago. Recently he revealed to me that he does not love me anymore. It feels as though I am suffering as much as if he passed. The grief is immense. He has told me that he still wants me around as his best friend. There is no light in his eyes when he says this. He is distant, detached, gone. I am neglected by his presence and his lost feelings for me. I feel absolutely lonely.
Now, I must do one of the hardest things of my life and tell the boy I love, the one I thought I would get married to and love endlessly, that my love has to end for my own sanity. I have to tell him there is no place for him in my life. A life I had always pictured with him in it. I must tell the one I love that I cannot live like this anymore.
"How can someone fall out of love with me and still want to be together?"
"That sounds like a unique case of unrequited love."
"I just cannot believe I still am so in love with him. I'd rather be in love with a stranger than in love like this."
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A form of love that is not returned by the other person. a perfect example of this is Stevie and his "beloved" on the ESPN college football Message board.
Stevie just cannot seem to let go of his unrequited love for his beloved"
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Being in love with a person who can't or doesn't love you back
mehvish was in unrequited love with the head boy
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Unrequited love is like an erection lasting longer than four hours. You're in constant pain, it's incredibly embarrassing because everyone can see it, and it's too *hard* to get any work done or even leave the house.
"Omg, did you see that guy's unrequited love? It's so obvious!"
"Yeah, it's hilarious, why would he do that to himself??"
"I don't know, but he has no one to blame but himself."
via giphy
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