What are the different types of love called?

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No formal names are given to the different types of love. You can pull names out of the dialogue, but they're references given in passing.

For example, Egeus says that Lysander uses verses of "feigning love." Lysander refers to his own love as "true love"—but he's a young man full of desire talking, and someone who was feigning love would say just that.

My favorite of these passing references is Oberon's name for the herb he sends Puck for: "love-in-idleness." That could refer to the whole play.

But as for the rest, you would mostly have to give the different loves your own names.

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