Valentine would mean a flower, a card sent, often anonymously, on Valentine’s Day (February 14) to a person one loves or is attracted too. This has been the phenomenon throughout a number of generations as people with intimate intentions crave for this day to express, pour and unwrap their hearts to the ones they love the most.
Exploring in the ancient catholic society this day is suddenly about a lot more than just giving out cards, sending flowers, chocolate or lighting sweet scented bed room candles, in the catholic society, the genesis of this day is not romantic at all, at least not in the traditional sense specifically a commemoration for the father of love, Saint Valentine.
He was a Roman priest born on 226 AD at a time when there was an emperor called Claudius, under his cruel and inhuman ruling Claudius involved the army in several bloody and unpopular campaigns. The emperor had to protect his interests and maintain a strong resilient army, at the back of his mind he had a strong fear that a host of his soldiers were getting difficulty joining the army because of the strong submissiveness and attachments to their families and wives.
To sweep out the problem, Claudius banned all engagements and marriages in Rome. Valentine realized the injustice of the decree, he disobeyed and defied Claudius and accelerated conducting marriages for young lovers in secret.
Valentines actions were investigated. And Claudius ordered that he be put on a death penalty, valentine was arrested and confronted the prefect of Rome who condemned him to be brutalized and beaten to death and to have his head cut off. The sentence was carried out on February 14 about the year 270.AD
When Pope Geiasius read the history, he declared that February 14 be celebrated as St Valentine’s Day. Gradually, February 14 became a date for sharing and exchanging love massages, poems and simple gifts as flowers.
As a poet I explored some poetic lines in the ancient English tradition by some of the famous poets, Geoffrey chauncer in his famous book “Canterbury tales” says
“For this was on valentine’s day
When every fowl cometh to
Choose his mate”
He named the day as symbol of love, with birds bailing and cooing
Shakespeare also describes Valentine’s Day in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and in “Hamlet”
“Good morrow! Tis St. Valentines
in all the morning bedtime,
and I maid at yon windon
to be your valentine!”
here shake spear referring to single woman seated at her windows on valentine’s Day, believing that the the first man she saw would be her true.
Happy valentine’s Day