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Latin project - please help? - February 3rd 2015, 09:13 PM

I'm not exactly sure where to post this, but it's a school project so I thought it might fit here.
Anyway, since Valentine's Day is next week, my Latin teacher gave us a project where we have to write a 'love message' and translate it into Latin. And if that wasn't bad enough, we have to videotape ourselves reading the message with a 'love song' playing in the background.
I have a couple of problems/questions about this with which I really hope someone can help me with:
1-What in the world is one supposed to put in a 'love message'?
2-What exactly is a 'love song'? Can it be a purely instrumental song or does it have to have lyrics?
3-If it can be instrumental, what kind of song?

3.5-The song choice is due tomorrow and I have absolutely no clue what to do!
4-How the heck is one supposed to write a 'love message' to the hypothetical/actual 'love of you life' if one never feels any type of 'love' towards anyone or if one does not even believe in the existence of 'love'? (sorry, this last one is mostly a venting of frustration)

Any ideas and/or suggestions are welcome. Please, please help. Thank you and sorry for digressing into a kind of semi-rant at the end.

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Re: Latin project - please help? - February 6th 2015, 05:36 PM

Hey there,

I think a love message is individual and personal- so anything really! But most love messages are probably about admiring someoneís qualities (physical or personality), how they make them feel, remembering good times, and remembering the tough times when they were there for them. They probably have quite a few metaphors too, in order to compare qualities or feelings. You could find inspiration online or in Valentineís cards. If youíre not in a relationship, could you get ideas from friends or relatives who are in relationships? If not, just think of someone (even a fictional character will do!) and base what you write on them.

I think the term Ďlove songí is quite generic. Generally, any song about love, or how someone feels towards another, could qualify as a Ďlove songí. Adele and Taylor Swift often write about their feelings towards relationships. I donít think it has to have lyrics though. Some people think that love songs might also be a bit slower than more upbeat things though, so I guess it could also be instrumental. For an instrumental song, you could choose wedding hymns (Pachelbelís Canon is my favourite!), classical music, or even theme tunes to romantic films e.g. titanic, the bodyguard. Though if you have already chosen and submitted a song choice, Iím sure it will be fine!

It can be hard trying to write a love message, if youíve never felt that romantic love. But I guess itís a best to look around for inspiration, talk to others, think of someone you look up to, use characters from films who are in love as inspiration etc. If you donít believe in the existence of love, then try to think of this feeling as a strong, emotional attachment/bond. Even though there is no universally agreed definition of what Ďloveí feels like (because itís different for everyone). There is a lot of research on Ďattachmentsí which is any person you interact with and feel a connection to, even if you donít talk to them every day or get to see them often.

Hope I helped a bit and best of luck!

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