I want to find a poetic translation for this phrase to use in some writing and can't get it right.

I'll be your Manolete, if you'll be my Lupe.

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You can never go wrong with Miguel Hernandez:

¿A dónde iré que no vaya

mi perdición a buscar?

Tu destino es de la playa

y mi vocación del mar.

The word-by-word of your phrase is clunky: "Yo seré tu Manolete si tu eres mi Lupe." Instead, try

Yo haré de Manolete a tu Lupe. which is shorter and thus more effective. The figurative meaning is something like "I will counter the character of Manolete to your playing the Lupe part.

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    In this case I see nothing wrong with the literal translation and I like it better than your alternative offer. But this is a matter of taste, I guess.
    – Gorpik
    Sep 23, 2013 at 8:16

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