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What is a shorter way, as well as a more poetic or "deeper" way of labeling emotional, loving feelings for someone?

What I'm trying to say is: I refuse to undermine my feelings for you by being trite

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  • I makes me think to that Oscar Wilde quote: “To be in love is to surpass one's self".
    – Graffito
    Sep 8, 2015 at 23:04
  • Have you considered consulting any of a thousand different poets? Good ol' Shakey is a good place to start: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 9, 2015 at 18:41
  • A "more poetic way for saying my feelings for you". Why does every answer contain the term trite. Is it obligatory? It's such an ugly-sounding word too. Trite can be substituted with shallow, overused, banal or clichè. Would you like a synonym for undermine my feelings?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Sep 10, 2015 at 6:07

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"my esteem for you" or "my affection for you" . . . consider also whether what you are worried about "undermining" is not your own feelings, but rather the thing between the two of you ("our friendship" "our bond").

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Shorter? Well sheesh, love.

I refuse to undermine my love for you by being trite

Or am I being trite?

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From

I refuse to undermine my feelings for you by being trite

to

I refuse to quench the dazzling glimmers of your heart by being trite

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The other answers are good, but it looks like you need a poet for this job!

I refuse to belittle the depths of my affection by triteness.

or

I shall not undermine the deep bond we share by being trite.

or Shakespeare-style:

Were I to practise triteness, it would
Perchance reduce my deeply felt regard
For you, my heart. So I shall not:
Let triteness be the furthest from my mind.

I could make up a rhyming verse as well, but I think I'd expect a bounty for that ;-)

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"I refuse to undermine my heart's sincere affection for you by being trite."

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First, a word about diction. I don't think you'd undermine the feelings by being trite. After all, your feelings would not be weakened by your use of trite language. Rather, you're afraid that commonplace language wouldn't do your intense feelings justice. You could say that your feelings surpass the bounds of ordinary language. Or you could say that you refuse to betray your feelings by being trite (using betray in the sense of be disloyal to)

Passion, though simple, is a strong synonym for intense emotional feelings, especially those tinged with eroticism.

  • I refuse to betray my passion for you by being trite.

  • I refuse to betray my passion by being trite.

  • I refuse to betray the depth and complexity of my passion by being trite.

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  • A "more poetic way for saying my feelings for you" Why does every answer contain the term trite. Is it obligatory? It's such an ugly-sounding word too.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Sep 10, 2015 at 6:04

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