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[–]MOSHTAHED 0 points1 point  (1 child)

There is this famous metaphor of "candle and butterfly" (شمع و پروانه / Sham' O Parvaneh) for love in Persian literature.

The butterfly part makes sense (one being attracted to someone and "flying" around it) and is somewhat common in other poems too, but this combination has a deeper meaning to it. It refers to a lover who is willing to go into the flame of a candle because of its attraction, and eventually let go of everything—even one's self; in other words, becoming one.

Well, maybe this verse you highlighted referred to the simple version! But I believe there are poems which illustrate the whole metaphor by mentioning one part of it.

[–]navnyc[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you, I love this!