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Yesterday’s letters beat today’s texts, essay asserts

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John Keats’ letters stand the test of time. Will today’s texts?

Emails and text messages may be today’s preferred form of communication, but a recent Huffington Post essay suggests digital interactions are insufficient for inspiring romance.

“There’s something universally appealing about handwritten love letters,” writes Maddie Crum. They can capture something ephemeral, yet their tangibility offers a sense of permanence and authenticity modern tools often lack.

To prove her point, Crum cites love letters penned by famous writers. Highlights include notes from Oscar Wilde, Stieg Larsson and Virginia Woolf, along with a particularly passionate declaration from John Keats to his betrothed, Fanny Brawne:

“I almost wish we were butterflies and li’vd but three summer days — three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”

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