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The ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, a precursor to
Valentine's Day, but it was a very different day indeed. Activities included
drinking, sacrificing of goats and hitting people. Why do you think the Romans
celebrated such a strange holiday?
Valentine's Day merged with Lupercalia and eventually with a more romantic
holiday called Galatin's Day. Imagine that you could combine several different
holidays together. Which ones would you choose and why?
The holiday didn't become associated with romance until the author Geoffrey
Chaucer connected the holiday with love in a poem. Imagine that you had the
power to change the way something worked just by writing it in a poem. What
would you want to change and why?
Paper valentines have been discovered from as far back as the late 1400s.
Describe what you think a nearly 600-year-old valentine might look like. How
would it look different from the valentines used today?
One of the first poems to state that "roses are red and violets are
blue" was written by Edmund Spenser in 1590. Create a poem using that
famous line that ends in a surprising way.
Factory-made valentines began circulating in England in the early 19th century
and eventually spread to the United States. What do you think it was that made
these cards so popular for people to send to one another? Have such cards lost
their value in a time of e-mail and technology? Why or why not?
These valentines were nearly all handwritten with notes and poems. What kind of
note might you want to write to someone you really care about and why?
Now Hallmark makes millions of dollars selling valentines during a very
commercialized holiday. Do you think that valentines should be more personal or
that it's OK to buy cards that are mass-produced? Why do you feel that way?
Along with the cards, many give their loved ones chocolate and other gifts on
Valentine's Day. What kind of gift would you want from a loved one for the
Some people without a significant other on Valentine's Day refer to the holiday
as Single Awareness Day. What do you think the term "single awareness
day" means and why would people want to celebrate it?
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Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on Google+ and Facebook.