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A diverse and beautiful selection of words of the heart

  • Feb 15, 1997
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This is one of my favorite collections of poetry. Along with the companion volume on the physical side of love, "Erotic Poems," this covers a broad enough range of topics to resonate with nearly anyone's experience of love at any stage of love. The editor has apparently and courageously selected these pearls of love poetry not based solely on the reputation of the poet or how well known the piece, but on how well the words stand on their own merit. Many of these poems are quite obscure, but very powerful. If I were to only have a single book of poems about love, this would be my choice

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It has often been said that love, both sacred and profane, is the only true subject of the lyric poem. Nothing better justifies this claim than the splendid poems in this volume, which range from the writings of ancient China to those of modern-day America and represent, at its most piercing, a universal experience of the human soul.

Includes poems by John Donne, Christina Rossetti, W. H. Auden, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Graves, e. e. cummings, Dorothy Parker, William Shakespeare, Sappho, Bhartrhari, Anna Akhmatova, and W. B. Yeats, among many others.
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ISBN-10: 0679429069
ISBN-13: 978-0679429067
Author: Sheila Kohler
Publisher: Everyman's Library

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