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These Romantic Illustrations Will Definitely Make You Want To Fall In Love

03/19/2014 07:36 am ET | Updated Mar 19, 2014
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There's nothing more powerful and enduring than a truly great love story. Falling in love is one of the most profound human experiences, and a brilliant writer can make us feel the thrill of a romance as if it's our own. Across the centuries, readers have cried over and commiserated with Romeo and Juliet, just as they've laughed and celebrated with Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.

Even the greatest author, however, can't capture the heart-melting sight of a couple in love. That's where these incredible illustrations, excerpted from the new book The Look of Love: Romantic Illustration through the Ages [British Library, $15.00], come in. The passionate embraces and flirtatious glances depicted in these images say at least a thousand words about what it means to be in love.

These 11 gorgeous pictures bring great literary romances to life:

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The Tinderbox by Franck C. Pape in Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, 1910. Images © The British Library 2014

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Illustration by Jessie M. King from The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems by William Morris, 1904. Images © The British Library 2014

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Illustration by Ronald Balfour from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, 1920. Images © The British Library 2014

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The Swineherd by Arthur Rackham, in Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Images © The British Library 2014

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Lockesley Hall by John Everett Millais in Poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1864. Images © The British Library 2014

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Illustration by Rene Bull from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, 1913. Images © The British Library 2014

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Illustration by C. E. Brock from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, 1908. Images © The British Library 2014

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Illustration by Georges Barbier from Fêtes galantes by Paul Verlaine, 1928. Images © The British Library 2014

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Troilus and Cressida by Eric Gill, 1931. Images © The British Library 2014

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Illustration by Rene Bull from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, 1913. Images © The British Library 2014

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Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester, by Edmund H. Garrett from Jane Eyre. Images © The British Library 2014

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