What Beethoven, Goethe and others wrote to their distant loved ones

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Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

The coronavirus crisis is challenging for couples in a long-distance relationship. At least the internet helps people stay in touch. Famous love letters from the past can provide more inspiration. “Oh God — so close! So far! What a longing in tears for you,” wrote Beethoven in 1812 to his “Immortal Beloved” — whose identity remains a mystery to this day. And: “What a life!!!! Like this!!! Without you. I have resolved to wander about in the distance until I can fly into your arms.” If one thing hasn’t changed over the centuries, is that when people are in love, they want one thing above all else: to be together. In the past, people used to write passionate love letters to each other. These days, things may be a little less romantic: For some, it’s enough to write “ILY” (I love you) and send a heart-eyes emoji on WhatsApp…