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Love One Another by Khalil Gibran

Analysis

"Love One Another" is a poem by Khalil Gibran. It is from a section of the great work titled "The Prophet" and is found on page 15 written "On Marriage."

In this poem, Gibran speaks of his belief in love but also the importance of individuality and the spirit. It is made up of three stanzas. The first stanza has five lines. The second has six. The third has five. It is a total of eighteen lines.

Poem

Love One Another
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You were born together, and together you shall be forever more.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup, but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

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Nationality
Lebanese

Literary Movement
New York Pen League, 19th Century

Subjects
Love, Spirit, God, Death, Life, Relationship, Heart