Platonic Love

Can that for true love pass When a fair woman courts her glass? Something unlike must in love's likeness be: His wonder is one and variety. For he whose soul nought but a soul can move Does a new Narcissus prove, And his own image love. . . .

The Obstacle. A poem about any person, object or thing that prevents one lover from reaching another. In Richard Lovelace's case, the obstacle was a jail cell, as stated in the title and last stanza from "To Althea, from Prison":

Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage; Minds innocent and quiet take That for an hermitage. If I have freedom in my love, And in my soul am free, Angels alone, that soar above, Enjoy such liberty.

Absent Love. This brand of verse bemoans (or cheers) the fact that one lover has left another. An example by Shelley:

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