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Unrequited love is love that is not reciprocated, even though reciprocation is usually deeply desired. The beloved may not even be aware of this person's deep feelings for them. This can lead to depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, rapid mood swings between depression, and euphoria, and frequently suicide. Being such a universal feeling, it has naturally been a frequent subject in popular culture. For other uses, see Love (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Emblem-favorites. ... Court of Love in Provence in the 14th Century (after a manuscript in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris). ... Alcibiades and friend Victorian view of interaction between a Greek adolescent and an adult male Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Phidias Showing the Frieze of the Parthenon to his Friends (1868) Greek love is a relatively modern coinage (almost universally placed within quotation marks) intended as a euphemistic reference to male-to... This page contains religious views on topic oflove. ... Eroticism is an aesthetic focus on sexual desire, especially the feelings of anticipation of sexual activity. ... Platonic love in its modern popular sense is an affectionate relationship into which the sexual element does not enter, especially in cases where one might easily assume otherwise. ... In sociology, familial love is a type affinity or natural affection felt between members of a group bound by common ancestry or blood ties. ... For other uses, see Puppy love (disambiguation). ... This article primarily discusses philosophical ideologies in relation to the subject of romantic love. ... In philosophy, the problem of love questions whether the desire to do good for another is based solely on the outward ability to love another person because the lover sees something (or someone) worth loving, or if a little self-interest is always present in the desire to do good... This article is about human sexual perceptions. ... It has been suggested that Duration of sexual intercourse be merged into this article or section. ... For other uses, see Valentines Day (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Love (disambiguation). ... On the Threshold of Eternity. ... In psychology, self-esteem or self-worth is a persons self-image at an emotional level; circumventing reason and logic. ... This article is about state anxiety. ... For other uses, see Depression. ... Euphoria (Greek ) is a medically recognized emotional state related to happiness. ... For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ...


In literature

Layla and Majnun, Nezami's Persian tale about a moon-princess who was married off by her father to someone other than the man who was desperately in love with her, resulting in his madness. This story, along with complex occurrences in the personal lives of Eric Clapton and George Harrison, was an inspiration for Clapton's song "Layla". Majnun in the wilderness The madman of Layla - in Arabic مجنون ليلى (Majnun layla) or قيس وليلى (Qays and Layla), in Persian: (Leyli and Madjnun) - is a classical Middle Eastern love story. ... Nezami (1141–1209) Nezāmi-ye Ganjavī (Persian: ; Azerbaijani: ;‎ 1141 – 1209), or Nezāmī (Persian: ), whose full name was Nizām ad-Dīn Abū Muhammad Ilyās ibn-Yusūf ibn-Zakī ibn-Muayyid, is considered the greatest romantic epic poet in Persian literature, who brought a colloquial... Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE[2] (born 30 March 1945) [3], nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... Layla is the title track on the Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, released in December 1970. ...

The 1st century BC Roman poet Catullus wrote about his unrequited love for Lesbia (Clodia) in several of his Carmina. Fresco from Herculaneum, presumably showing a love couple. ... This article is about women in ancient Rome. ... Clodia, born Claudia Pulchra Tertulla in circa 95 BC, was the third daughter of the patrician Appius Claudius Pulcher and Caecilia Metella Balearica. ...

Abraham Cowley wrote of the emotion (in "Anacreontiques: Or, Some Copies of Verses Translated Paraphrastically out of Anacreon"): Abraham Cowley (1618 - July 28, 1667), English poet, was born in the city of London late in 1618. ... Anacreon roman copy , Rome in Palazzo dei Conservatori Anacreon (also Anakreon) (born ca. ...

"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."

Robert Burns' poem "Anna, Thy Charms" catches it succinctly: For the chain gang fugitive and author from Georgia, see Robert Elliott Burns. ...

"Anna, thy charms my bosom fire,
And waste my soul with care;
But ah! how bootless to admire,
When fated to despair!
Yet in thy presence, lovely Fair,
To hope may be forgiven;
For sure 'twere impious to despair
So much in sight of heaven."

Dante Alighieri for Beatrice Portinari - Perhaps the most famous example in Western culture of unrequited love. Dante apparently spoke to Beatrice only twice in his life, the first time when he was nine years old and she was eight. Although both went on to marry other people, Dante nevertheless regarded Beatrice as the great love of his life and his "muse". He made her the guide to Heaven in his work The Divine Comedy. Additionally, all of the examples in Dante's manual for poets, La Vita Nuova, are about his love for Beatrice. The prose which surrounds the examples further tells the story of his lifelong devotion to her. Similarly, the fictional writer Lemony Snicket also has an unrequited passion by a Beatrice. Dante redirects here. ... Although the details surrounding the life of Beatrice Portinari, pronounced bay-a-treech-eh, (1266-1290) are subject to much dispute, there is little doubt she was a major influence in Dante Alighieris life, influencing particularly his works of La Vita Nuova and La Divina Commedia. ... For the rock band, see Muse (band). ... For other uses, see Heaven (disambiguation). ... For other uses see The Divine Comedy (disambiguation), Dantes Inferno (disambiguation), and The Inferno (disambiguation) Dante shown holding a copy of The Divine Comedy, next to the entrance to Hell, the seven terraces of Mount Purgatory and the city of Florence, with the spheres of Heaven above, in Michelino... La Vita Nuova (English: New Life) is a book of verse written by Dante Alighieri, roughly around the year of 1293. ... Lemony Snicket is a pseudonym used by author Daniel Handler in his book series A Series of Unfortunate Events, as well as a character in that series. ...

Dante looked longingly at Beatrice Portinari as she passed by him with Lady Vanna (in red) in Dante and Beatrice, by Henry Holiday
Dante looked longingly at Beatrice Portinari as she passed by him with Lady Vanna (in red) in Dante and Beatrice, by Henry Holiday

Petrarch is famous for his love for the lady Laura. He is best remembered for the sonnets he wrote her, despite her marriage to another man. Indeed, the sonnet form later became related to the idea of unrequited love, among other themes. Petrarch is directly responsible for this association. Image File history File links Dante_and_beatrice. ... Image File history File links Dante_and_beatrice. ... The name Vanna (pronounced in Italian vän-na and in English vähna) first appears in recorded history circa 1294 in La Vita Nuova, a book of verse written by Dante Alighieri, an Italian Florentine poet. ... Henry Holiday was an English Pre-Raphaelite artist, born on June 17, 1839 in London. ... From the c. ...

Unrequited love is present in all of Jane Austen's novels. Both Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet feel their love is unrequited at some point during Pride and Prejudice. In Mansfield Park Fanny Price suffers from a particularly drawn out case of unrequited love. It is also present in Emma, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey and Sense and Sensibility. Generally, however, it is discovered by the end of the book that the love is actually requited and the two characters live happily ever after. A watercolour and pencil sketch of Jane Austen, believed to be drawn from life by her sister Cassandra (c. ... Mr. ... Elizabeth Lizzy Bennet (sometimes referred to as Eliza or Lizzy) is a fictional character and the protagonist of Jane Austens novel Pride and Prejudice. ... This article is about the novel. ... Mansfield Park book cover Mansfield Park is a novel by Jane Austen. ... For other uses, see Emma (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Persuasion (disambiguation). ... For films named Northanger Abbey, see Northanger Abbey (1986 film) or Northanger Abbey (2007 TV drama). ... For other uses, see Sense and Sensibility (disambiguation). ...

A.E. Housman wrote a poem inspired by his life-long unrequited love for his best friend Moses Jackson: Alfred Edward Housman (March 26, 1859 _ April 30, 1936) was an English poet and classical scholar, now best known for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad. ...

"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."

Don Quixote and Dulcinea in Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote, who believes he is a knight, imagines that he serves a noblewoman named Dulcinea. Unfortunately, the object of his desire is actually a homely peasant in his hometown, and his love for her is not returned. Her name has come to be a metaphor for unrequited love, in the sense, "That woman is my Dulcinea." Dulcinea (1957), sculpture by F. Coullaut-Valera, in Madrid (Spain). ... This article is about the fictional character and novel. ... Cervantes redirects here. ... For other uses, see Knight (disambiguation) or Knights (disambiguation). ...

Shakespeare touched on the topic, in his plays Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night. A more threatening unrequited lover, Roderigo, is shown in Othello. Shakespeare redirects here. ... For other uses, see Hamlet (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Romeo and Juliet (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see A Midsummer Nights Dream (disambiguation). ... Twelfth Night has at least three meanings: Twelfth Night (holiday), celebrated by some Christians Twelfth Night, or What You Will, a comedic play by William Shakespeare Twelfth Night (band), a progressive rock band This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the... For other uses, see Othello (disambiguation). ...

The classic French play Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand, is about a brilliant swordsman and poet who is in unrequited love with his cousin for decades. Cyrano de Bergerac is a play written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand based on the life of the real Cyrano de Bergerac. ... Statue dedicated to Edmond Rostand in Cambo-les-Bains Edmond Eugène Alexis Rostand (April 1, 1868 - December 2, 1918) was a French poet and dramatist. ...

Victor Hugo's two most famous works' Notre-Dame-de-Paris and Les Misérables feature characters suffering from unrequited love (namely those of, from Notre-Dame-de-Paris; Quasimodo, Esmeralda, Frollo and Gringoire, and the characters of Fantine and Eponine from Les Misérables). Victor-Marie Hugo (pronounced ) (February 26, 1802 — May 22, 1885) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner, and perhaps the most influential exponent of the Romantic movement in France. ... The Hunchback of Notre Dame (original French title, Notre-Dame de Paris) is an 1831 French novel written by Victor Hugo. ... This article is about the original 1862 novel. ... The Hunchback of Notre Dame (original French title, Notre-Dame de Paris) is an 1831 French novel written by Victor Hugo. ... Les Misérables (1862) is a novel by French novelist Victor Hugo. ... 19th Century Illustration of Éponine. ... This article is about the original 1862 novel. ...

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was one of the beginnings of romanticism. Unrequited love combines two main themes in romanticism: Weltschmerz and love. The Sorrows of Young Werther (originally published as Die Leiden des jungen Werthers) is an epistolary and loosely autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in 1774. ... Goethe redirects here. ... Romantics redirects here. ... Look up Weltschmerz in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Love (disambiguation). ...

Gaston Leroux's character Erik from The Phantom of the Opera, who was born hideously deformed (said to have looked like a 'Living Corpse') and yet whom falls for the young soprano Christine Daaé who, it turns out, also loves another man—the Viscount Raoul de Chagny. In the horror film version of the same title, the phantom kills both the object of his affection and her lover, before perishing in flames(symbolic of the feeling of being in the Hell of unsatisfied passion). Gaston Leroux. ... Erik is the title character in The Phantom of the Opera. ... This article is about the Gaston Leroux novel. ... Christine Daaé is the main female character in Gaston Lerouxs novel The Phantom of the Opera (1910), the young singer with whom the Phantom falls in love. ...

Stendhal writes in a more clinical manner in On Love and in The Red and the Black, where the main character (a young Church man) becomes almost obsessed with his female counterpart, eventually trying to murder her. Stendhal. ... Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black) is a novel by Stendhal, published in 1830. ...

Unrequited love is the most potent theme in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, manifested mostly in the character of Pip and his affections for Estella. Another Dickensian character who famously suffers from unrequited love is Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens redirects here. ... For other uses, see Great Expectations (disambiguation). ... Look up PIP in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Estella can refer to: Estella, a character in Charles Dickens Great Expectations Estella, Spain Estella, Wisconsin This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Sydney Carton is a significant character in the novel A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. ... For other uses, see A Tale of Two Cities (disambiguation). ...

In Louisa May Alcott's book Little Women, Laurie has unrequited feelings for his friend, Josephine March, who only views him as a good friend. He then moves on and married her sister, Amy, while Jo marries Professor Bhaer. Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist. ... Little Women is a novel published in 1868 and written by American author Louisa May Alcott. ...

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, contains an unrequited love subplot: the efforts of Mr. Hargrave to win Helen Graham. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, the second and final novel by Anne Brontë. The novel frames itself as a letter from Gilbert Markham to his friend and brother in law (Halford) about the events leading to his meeting his wife. ... Anne Brontës grave at Scarborough Anne Brontë (IPA: ) (January 17, 1820 – May 28, 1849) was a British novelist and poet, the youngest of the Brontë literary family. ...

Charlotte Brontë's Villette describes isolation and unrequited love. Charlotte Brontë (IPA: ) (April 21, 1816 – March 31, 1855) was an English novelist and the eldest of the three Brontë sisters whose novels have become enduring classics of English literature. ... Charlotte Brontë - idealized portrait, 1873 (based on a drawing by George Richmond, 1850) Villette is a novel by Charlotte Brontë, published in 1853. ...

For much of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre it seems as though Jane Eyre's love for Mr Rochester is unrequited. Charlotte Brontë (IPA: ) (April 21, 1816 – March 31, 1855) was an English novelist and the eldest of the three Brontë sisters whose novels have become enduring classics of English literature. ... One of the most famous novels of all time, Jane Eyre, An Autobiography was written by Charlotte Brontë and published in 1847 by Smith, Elder & Company, London. ...

The Slovene poet France Prešeren wrote a devastatingly beautiful sonnet cycle dedicated to his unhappy love for Julija Primic. France PreÅ¡eren, a portrait by Božidar Jakac, 1940. ... A group of sonnets, arranged to address a particular person or theme, and designed to be read both as a collection of fully-realized individual poems and as a single poetic work comprising all the individual sonnets. ...

In Russian literature, among innumerable examples, one could mention First Love, by Turgenev or The Seagull, by Anton Chekhov, in which several characters have unrequited feelings for others. Ivan Turgenev, photo by Félix Nadar (1820-1910) “Turgenev” redirects here. ... Chekhov in an 1898 portrait by Osip Braz. ... Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: , IPA: ) was a Russian short story writer and playwright. ...

T. S. Eliot writes of the unrequited love of Prufrock For other persons named Thomas Eliot, see Thomas Eliot (disambiguation). ... The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (Composed February 1910 - July 1911) is the main poem in the book Prufrock and Other Observations published by T. S. Eliot in 1917, which marked the start of his career as a writer. ...

Jacob Morrisey once wrote of a man by the name of Daymorn trapped between two unrequited loves, Lenae and Dekran, one of them male and one of them female. He is murdered by a jealous lover of Lenea's before he can decide which of them he wants.

F. Scott Fitzgerald offers his ideas on unrequited love in The Great Gatsby, wherein the main character Jay Gatsby builds wealth through alcohol smuggling during prohibition to try and lure back his one time lover Daisy Buchanan. He wastes his youth throwing lavish parties at his house in the hope that one day she will attend. This is an example of how a person can build their whole life around someone who cares little or not at all for them. However her shallowness, while allowing physical consummation, does not provide the emotional security that Gatsby is seeking. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American Jazz Age author of novels and short stories. ... This article is about the novel. ... The cover of the Scribner Paperback Fiction Edition, 1995. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The term Prohibition, also known as A Dry Law, refers to a law in a certain country by which the manufacture, transportation, import, export, and sale of alcoholic beverages is restricted or illegal. ... This article is about the novel. ...

The character Heathcliff in Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights is depicted as a man suffering from varying extents of unrequited love in his complex relationship with Catherine Earnshaw. Heathcliff may refer to any of these : Heathcliff is a character from the book Wuthering Heights Heathcliff (musical) is a musical based on Wuthering Heights Heathcliff is a comic strip about a cat of the same name Dr. Heathcliff Cliff Huxtable, the lead character on The Cosby Show This is... Emily Jane Brontë (pronounced ); (July 30, 1818 – December 19, 1848) was a British novelist and poet, now best remembered for her only novel Wuthering Heights, a classic of English literature. ... For other uses, see Wuthering Heights (disambiguation). ...

Carl Sandburg treats the theme of unrequited love with minimalist elegance in poems from his 1963 book, Honey and Salt. In the poem, "Little Word, Little White Bird", the narrator asks, "Love, can it hit one without hitting two and leave the one lost and groping?" And in the poem, Offering and Rebuff (also from Honey and Salt), the rebuffer says to the one professing his love, "Let your heart look on white sea spray and be lonely... Love is a fool star."[citation needed] For the passenger train service, see Carl Sandburg (Amtrak). ...

Charles Schulz; his Peanuts character Charlie Brown suffers from unrequited love for the Little Red-Haired Girl, as does Lucy van Pelt for Schroeder, Sally Brown for Linus van Pelt, and Linus for his teacher Ms. Othmar (later on a girl in his class, Lydia). Charlie Brown famously notes in one strip[citation needed]: Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 - February 12, 2000) was a 20th-century American cartoonist best known for his Peanuts comic strip. ... For other uses, see Peanut (disambiguation). ... This article is about the character from Peanuts. ... The Little Red-Haired Girl is an unseen character in the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, and is a symbol of unrequited love. ... Book cover Lucy van Pelt is a character in the syndicated comic strip Peanuts, written and drawn by Charles Schulz. ... Schroeder is a fictional character in the long-running comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz. ... Sally Brown is the younger sister of Charlie Brown in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles Schulz. ... Linus van Pelt is one of the characters in Charles M. Schulzs comic strip Peanuts. ... Linus van Pelt is one of the characters in Charles M. Schulzs comic strip Peanuts. ...

"Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love."

In William Somerset Maugham's novel, Of Human Bondage- The main character Philip Carey becomes enticed by a woman named Mildred, who does not care an ounce for Philip. He becomes masochistic, willing to put himself in the line of pain to gain Mildred's affection. In the end, he realizes that this is a one-sided love and that he is controlled by his own passions. William Somerset Maugham, CH (January 25, 1874 – December 16, 1965) was an English playwright, novelist, and theatre writer. ... Of Human Bondage (1915) is a novel by William Somerset Maugham. ... Flogging demonstration at Folsom Street Fair 2004. ...

The Bible; The Wife of Potiphar. A great representation of the story is at the Getty Museum. (See external link below). The Bible (From Greek βιβλια—biblia, meaning books, which in turn is derived from βυβλος—byblos meaning papyrus, from the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos which exported papyrus) is the sacred scripture of Christianity. ... Potiphar (or Potifar) (Hebrew: / Standard  Tiberian  /  ; Egyptian origin:  ; he whom Ra gave. ...

Félix Arvers' silent love for Marie, immortalized in poem "Un secret" also known as "Sonnet d'Arvers". This poem was taken from a piece he wrote aged 25, "Mes heures perdues" (My lost hours). Félix Arvers (23 July 1806 - 1850) was a French poet and dramatist, most famous for his poem Un secret. ...

Gabriel Garcia Márquez's novel, Love in the Time of Cholera opens with the sentence, "It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love," and tell the story of a 51-year unrequited affair. Gabriel García Márquez Gabriel José García Márquez (born March 6, 1928) is a Colombian novelist, journalist, publisher, and political activist. ... Love in the Time of Cholera (El amor en los tiempos del cólera, 1985) is a novel by Gabriel García Márquez about a fifty-year love triangle between Fermina Daza, Florentino Ariza and Doctor Juvenal Urbino set in the late 19th century and the first decades of...

Dodie Smith's classic novel, I Capture the Castle, is about an enormous triangle of unrequited love, in which the main character is in love with her sister's fiance, who is in love with her sister, who is in love with her fiance's brother. Nearly all the characters suffer at some point from unrequited love. Dorothy Gladys Dodie Smith (May 3, 1896 - November 24, 1990) was an English novelist and playwright. ...

The sixth century waka poet Ōtomo no Yakamochi wrote so succinctly and yet so exquisitely of unrequited love: "Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there."

In music

Unrequited love has been a topic used repeatedly by musicians. Blues artists incorporated it heavily; it is the topic of Gene Pitney's "It Hurts to Be in Love," Rick Springfield's Jessie's Girl, The Doobie Brothers' "What A Fool Believes", B.B. King's "Lucille" and "The Thrill is Gone," Ray Charles' "What'd I Say" and "Half as Much" and many early and later blues songs. Eric Clapton's band Derek and the Dominos devoted a whole album to the topic, Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs, which included such famous songs as "Layla" and "Bell Bottom Blues". British singer James Blunt's hit song, You're Beautiful, is about an unrequited love as well. Taylor Swift's song "Teardrops on My Guitar" is also about unrequited love. Gene Francis Alan Pitney (February 17, 1940 – April 5, 2006) was an American singer and songwriter. ... Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe on August 23, 1949 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is a songwriter, musician and actor. ... Jessies Girl is a pop song written and performed by pop singer Rick Springfield. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... What a Fool Believes is a song written by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, and recorded by The Doobie Brothers for their 1978 album Minute by Minute (with McDonald singing lead vocals). ... Riley B. King aka B. B. King (b. ... The Thrill Is Gone is a blues song written by Rick Darnell and Roy Hawkins in 1951 and popularized by B. B. King in 1970. ... For Ray Charles, the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE[2] (born 30 March 1945) [3], nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Derek and the Dominos were a blues-rock supergroup formed in the spring of 1970 by guitarist and singer Eric Clapton with Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon, who had all played with him in Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. ... Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is a rock music album by Eric Clapton, recording with the group Derek and the Dominos. ... Layla is the title track on the Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, released in December 1970. ... Bell Bottom Blues is a song by Eric Clapton performed by Derek and the Dominos, it is a song on unrequited love on the album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. ... For the American Civil War general, see James G. Blunt. ... Youre Beautiful is a pop song co-written by British singer James Blunt, Sasha Skarbek and Amanda Ghost[1] for Blunts debut album Back to Bedlam (2004). ...

Many Rock n' Roll musicians also based songs on unrequited love. Symphonie Fantastique (1830) by Romantic composer Hector Berlioz is one example of a classical work about unrequited love. Rodgers and Hart composed the song Glad To Be Unhappy covered by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Billie Holliday and The Mamas and Papas. The song contains the lines "Unrequited love's a bore And I've got it pretty bad But for someone you adore It's a pleasure to be sad". American nu metal band Slipknot's "Vermilion, Pt. 2" Mentions this too with the phrase "She's everything to me, the unrequited dream, the song that no-one sings, the unattainable...". Rock and roll (also spelled rock n roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Symphonie fantastique (Fantastic Symphony) Opus 14, is a symphony written by French composer Hector Berlioz in 1830. ... Lithograph of Berlioz by August Prinzhofer, Vienna, 1845. ... Rodgers and Hart was the songwriting team consisting of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. ... Sinatra redirects here. ... Billie Holiday photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1949 Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 - July 17, 1959), also called Lady Day is generally considered one of the greatest jazz singers of all time. ... The Mamas & the Papas (credited as The Mamas and the Papas on the debut album cover) were a leading vocal group of the 1960s. ... Nu metal (also called aggro metal, or nü metal using the traditional heavy metal umlaut) is a musical genre that has origins in the mid 1990s. ... Slipknot (sometimes typeset as SlipKnoT to fit their logo) is a Grammy winning American metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ...

The bossa nova song "The Girl from Ipanema" ("Garota de Ipanema") also talks about unrequited love: "How can I tell her I love her / ... / But each day, when she walks to the sea / She looks straight ahead, not at me". The many songs of Dusty Springfield convey the theme of unrequited love, most notably "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" and "I Only Want to Be with You." For other uses, see Bossa nova (disambiguation). ... The Girl from Ipanema (Garota de Ipanema) is a well known bossa nova song, and was a worldwide hit in the mid-1960s. ... Dusty Springfield OBE (16 April 1939–2 March 1999) was a popular English singer whose career spanned four decades. ...


  • Love Sick: Love as a Mental Illness / Frank Tallis., 2005
  • Loves me, loves me not: the ethics of unrequited love / Laura Smit., 2005
  • The handbook of sexuality in close relationships / John H Harvey., 2004
  • How to Break Your Addiction to a Person / Howard Halpern., 2003
  • The Genesis of sex: sexual relationships in the first book of the Bible / O Palmer Robertson., 2002
  • Love Beyond Reason / John Ortberg., 2001
  • Interpersonal rejection / Mark R Leary., 2001
  • Love and Limerence: The Experience of Being in Love / Dorothy Tennov., 199
  • The dark side of close relationships / Brian H Spitzberg., 1998
  • Breaking hearts: the two sides of unrequited love / Baumeister, Roy., 1992

In other media

  • Spybot Search & Destroy - In the Spybot license, Patrick Michael Kolla, the author of the antispyware program, dedicates Spybot to "the most wonderful girl on earth." Many believe that she is Kolla's girlfriend, but the title actually goes to one of his closest friends, who does not return Kolla's love, as mentioned in the help file.
  • In the current Doctor Who series, Sarah Jane Smith, Rose Tyler, and Martha Jones have all expressed, to different extents and from their point of view, unrequited love for The Doctor. Sarah, most notably admitted to such in the episode School Reunion. This was also the reason that Martha eventually left the TARDIS.
  • In the original Star Trek, Nurse Christine Chapel expressed an attraction to Spock. In The Naked Time, this was explicitly stated although she was under the influence of a virus which lowers emotional inhibitions. Spock could not return her love but tried to avoid hurting her feelings.
  • In Babylon 5, Marcus Cole was in love with Susan Ivanova for 2 years. She never tried to return his affection, probably because of her difficult past with relationships and intimacy, even though as time went on she came to realise how he felt. Ultimately Marcus sacrificed his own life to save Ivanova's, an event that broke her heart and led her to bitterly comment that "all love is unrequited".
  • In the 1990's television series Lex Louis 'The Dark Stories', a triangular pattern of unrequited love exists within the small crew of the vessel the Lex Louis; a robot head who loves a beautiful woman named Xev impossibly; a crew member of little merit named Tweedle who also loves or lusts after Xev; and Xev's love for Kai, a dead assassin artificially allowed a short time (albeit the entire series) to redress the wrongs of his life, yet unable to return Xev's love: 'the dead do not love'.
  • RC Lupena. (Mayor of Friendsville)
  • Sprix Reyes. (Unsolicited Sacrifice - apprentice of THE GIVER)

Spybot - Search & Destroy (often Spybot-S&D) is a popular malware, spyware and adware removal program which works on Microsoft Windows 95 and later. ... Patrick Michael Kolla is the owner of Safer Networking Limited. ... This article is about the television series. ... Sarah Jane Smith is a fictional character played by Elisabeth Sladen in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who and its related spin-offs. ... Rose Marion Tyler is a fictional character played by Billie Piper in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ... Martha Jones is a fictional character played by Freema Agyeman in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who, and will appear in its spin-off series, Torchwood. ... The Doctor can refer to the following people: The Doctor, the main character of Doctor Who The Doctor, a character on Star Trek: Voyager Ayman al-Zawahiri (al-Zawahiri has used this name as an alias) The Doctor is the title of: The Doctor, 1991 movie starring William Hurt and... School Reunion is an episode in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ... The current TARDIS prop. ... The Naked Time is an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series first broadcast on 29 September 1966 and repeated on 27 April 1967. ... Babylon 5 is an epic American science fiction television series created, produced, and largely written by J. Michael Straczynski. ... Marcus Cole, played by Jason Carter, is a fictional character in the universe of the science-fiction television series Babylon 5. ... Susan Ivanova is a fictional character in the universe of the science fiction television series Babylon 5, played by Claudia Christian. ...

See also

For the song by Dream Theater, see A Mind Beside Itself. ... The term despair, when used by existentialists, refers to the fact that all the choices we make are based on uncertain information and an incomplete understanding of the world. ... Look up Limerence in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The term love-shyness is sometimes used to designate a specific type of severe chronic shyness. ... Involuntary celibacy is the state of a person who has not established an intimate relationship or engaged in sexual intercourse for reasons other than voluntary celibacy or sexual abstinence. ... Court of Love in Provence in the 14th Century (after a manuscript in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris). ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ...

External links

  • How unrequited love can be an illness, or even fatal (BBC)

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