I have been married 17 years and this type of love reflected in the poem is not something that just happens. Throughout marriage there will be hard times, but it is how you deal with these times that make the difference. Forgiveness and humbleness are huge keys to a successful marriage.
Don't expect that poem to reflect your marriage until you have really sacraficed for each other.
Completely agree with you Shawn, forgiveness and accepting your spouse with their qualities and flaws is necessary. You don’t just love their qualities, you will only make your life miserable if you want to change the person according to your own desires. To make a marriage successful, tons of sacrifice is required from both sides. However I must admit these days couples are really short tempered and don't want to commit for lifetime.
True indeed. But such loving couples do exist.
You know beaty of poetry? It gives good space to exaggeration.
And a marriage can remain charming and fresh forever if there are plesant surprises and hidden/open sacrifices in terms of adjustments, compromises etc. It sounds bit impractical but ....
I just don't like seeing people thinking that if their marriage isn't like what they have seen in a romance movie, that it is time for a divorce and finding another one. Even people I know that have descent second marriages have said they should have worked it out the first time.
Expect marriage to have tough times and times you may not even like your spouse, be prepared to serve the other no matter if you love them or not. The reward of a strong marriage comes with a sacrifice of oneself, something I am not seeing from many under 40.