Platonic love is a type of love that is chaste
and non-sexual. It is beyond all desires and wishes.
At the touch of love
everyone becomes a poet.
for the spring and for the dawn
Though I'm to greet them ‒ day by day ‒ alone.
The term 'Platonic Love' is named
Plato, who philosophized about the nature of love. With
genuine platonic love, the beautiful or lovely other person
inspires the mind and the soul and directs one's attention to
Socrates, in Plato's "Symposium", explained two types of
love or Eros—Vulgar Eros or earthly love and Divine Eros or
divine love. Vulgar Eros is nothing but mere material attraction
towards a beautiful body for physical pleasure and reproduction.
Divine Eros begins the journey from physical attraction i.e.
attraction towards beautiful form or body but transcends
gradually to love for Supreme Beauty.
This concept of Divine Eros is
later transformed into the term Platonic love.