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Edgar Allen Poes Eleonora and The Oval Portrait both show examples of the lost love archetype The lost love archetype is when someone loses someone or something they love and find this exact love in another object or person In Eleonora Poe speaks of a youth that is in love with his cousin Eleonora The two lovers spent most of their youth together They walked through the valley in which they lived for fifteen years before love for one another entered their hearts Hand in hand about this valley for fifteen years roamed I with Eleonora before Love entered within our hearts1476 On their last walk through the valley he realized things were more beautiful than usual A change fell upon all things Strange brilliant flowers star-shaped burst upon the trees where no flowers had been known before 1476 Suddenly a cloud appears letting the readers know a something is about to change Eleonora tells her lover that she is about to die and that she fears he will give his love for her to someone else He then vows to never share his love with anyone else And then and there I threw myself hurriedly at the feet of Eleonora and offered up a vow to herself and to Heaven that I would never bind myself in marriage to any daughter of Earth that I would in no manner prove recreant to her dear memory or to the memory of the devout affection with which she had blessed me1477 Eleonora accepts her lovers vow and promises that her spirit will watch over him when she dies Time goes on and he begins to miss her Time never cures the void he feels without her But the void within my heart refused even thus to be filled 1478 After Eleonora died he would see things that let him know she was watching over him but with time
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