Bereket Tesfaye with Hanna Yohaness

It is both a popular literary cliché and a human experience when a person or character meets a stranger for the first time and falls instantly, intensely, and ultimately passionately in love with that person. According to poets and critics, the Western canon has frequently featured characters who fall in love at first sight. The concept of “love at first sight” and the idea that passionate love is a type of insanity were both prevalent in the classical world. The origin of “love’s arrows” or “love darts,” which were typically attributed to the mythological Eros or Cupid and infrequently other mythological deities, was frequently attributed to these mythological deities (such as Rumor). It was once thought that the perception of the lovely love object itself was the source of the arrows. The arrows will ‘pierce’ the lover’s heart if they strike his or her eyes, infusing them with desire and longing (love sickness). On occasion, the idea of a “arrow’s wound” was utilized to construct oxymorons and rhetorical contrast. Many Greek and Roman literature defined “love at first sight” as the lover’s quick and rapid beguilement as a result of these processes. In Ovid’s epic Metamorphoses, Narcissus is mesmerized and fascinated by his own (unknown to him) portrait, while Echo falls in love with Narcissus right away. Clitophon states of his first-hand experience of the phenomena in Achilles Tatius’ Leucippe and Clitophon, “As soon as I saw her, I was lost.” Because it emanates from the eyes to the spirit, beauty’s wound is more piercing than any weapon’s. I’ve been attacked by a swarm of emotions as a result of love’s eye-piercing wound.

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