愛(ài) - 18 pictures to show you how to write this Chinese character of 13 strokes

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愛(ài) LOVE

18 pictures to show you how to write this sacred character of 13 strokes, not just in paper, but in life…

Share your 愛(ài) to the special someone through this expertly curated list of Chinese characters, in juxtaposition with this famous sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861), on this Valentine’s Day~

with an illustration of modern day aesthetics, in juxtaposition with its English explanation and definition. Each illustration bears two red seals, one for the complex Chinese character and one for the Chinestory seal.

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愛(ài)

How do I love thee?

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愛(ài)

Let me count the ways.

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愛(ài)

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

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愛(ài)

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

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愛(ài)

For the ends of being and ideal grace.

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愛(ài)

I love thee to the level of every day’s

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愛(ài)

Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.

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愛(ài)

I love thee freely, as men strive for right.

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愛(ài)

I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.

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愛(ài)

I love thee with the passion put to use

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愛(ài)

In my old griefs,

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愛(ài)

and with my childhood’s faith.

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愛(ài)

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

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愛(ài)

With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,

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愛(ài)

Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,

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愛(ài)

I shall but love thee better after death.

Over to you

What does love mean to you? How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day in your part of the world?  Make your comments below.

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