A more romantic legend coming from England says that, in the Middle Ages, mid-February marked the beginning of the mating season for birds like thrushes, partridges, and blackbirds.
The legend travelled down the ages, and Saint Valentine became the patron of the loving ones, granting his protection to all young boys and girls.
In 1595, Shakespeare wrote ?A Midsummer Night?s Dream?, where he put these words in the mouth of one of his characters: ?Good morrow, friends. Saint Valentine is past: Begin these wood-birds but to couple now??.
In the last century, Auguste Angellier wrote:
?February comes, it is Saint Valentine,
February comes, and makes the willows redden...
... All the birds, it is Saint Valentine,
Blackbirds, jays, peaks, all impish people,
House sparrows, lively skylarks,
Awaking and shaking their feathers,
With insane desire and uncertain flight,
Sought each other in the last mist.?
The dove represents the amorous fulfilment the lover offers to his beloved.
It symbolizes grace, gentleness, purity, simplicity, and sociability.
Indeed, it is one of the most universal metaphors celebrating women.
Forever the dove will remain the symbol of romantic Love.
The swan, favourite bird of Venus, the goddess of the Love, is the noblest. All its life, the male remains faithful to his female and even takes care of the cubs. This bird, symbol of honesty, is regarded as the Messenger of Love.