I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
(By Alfred Lord Tennyson 1809–1892)
What do YOU think? Is it better to have loved and lost? Or is it better never to have loved at all?
to hold something true: to consider/believe something to be true
to befall* (verb): to happen
whate’er befall*: whatever happens
to sorrow* (verb): to feel deep distress; to be very unhappy/sad (“sorrow” is not normally used as a verb in English today)
’tis*: it is
*this language is typical of romantic poetry but is not normal in everyday English