The 100 Best Love Poems of All Time

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Words of Love ...and seduction, heartbreak, adoration, and passion. Here in this portable treasury are the 100 most moving and memorable love poems of all time, each accompanied by an illuminating introduction. Revisit the Classics: "He Is More Than a Hero" by Sappho Sonnet 18 ("Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds") by William Shakespeare "She Walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron Enjoy Old Favorites: "To My Dear and Loving Husband" by Anne Bradstreet "The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear "When I Was One and ...

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Words of Love ...and seduction, heartbreak, adoration, and passion. Here in this portable treasury are the 100 most moving and memorable love poems of all time, each accompanied by an illuminating introduction. Revisit the Classics: "He Is More Than a Hero" by Sappho Sonnet 18 ("Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds") by William Shakespeare "She Walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron Enjoy Old Favorites: "To My Dear and Loving Husband" by Anne Bradstreet "The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear "When I Was One and Twenty" by A. E. Housman Make Surprising Discoveries: "Your Catfish Friend" by Richard Brautigan "To Alice B. Toklas" by Gertrude Stein "Valentine" by Donald Hall "True Love" by Judith Viorst Carry this book wherever you go. It's a perfect companion to read alone or to share with that special person in your life. The 100 Best Love Poems of all Time.

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Publishers Weekly
Entering the tradition begun with The 100 Best Poems of All Time and The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time is Leslie Pockell's anthology The 100 Best Love Poems of All Time, offering measured doses of cupidity. Working with Adrienne Avila and Katharine Rapkin, Pockell takes readers from Dante's Vita Nuova to love works by Shakespeare, Marlowe and Milton and by Rabindranath Tagore, Wislawa Szymborska and Frank O'Hara through to Gregory Orr, Judith Viorst and Sandra Cisneros.
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As Pockell states in her introduction, these poems range from "idealistic romanticism to passionate sensuality." They include the ancient poets and the modern and most major language groups. The editor seems to favor the classic love poems over the more modern, perhaps because it's easier to discern what a love poem is with the older ones. There is only one poem per poet. Each poem is introduced with a one-paragraph background commentary. This collection is heavy on the classics, such as Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day" (parodied on the facing page by Howard Moss's poem of the same name). Robert Burns' "A Red, Red Rose" is still fresh and melodic. For modern verse, e.e. cummings displays his unique parenthetical lines in "I Carry Your Heart With Me," a tender tribute to his love. The collection would not be complete without the Romantic poets. Byron's "She Walks In Beauty" is still as dramatic as on the first reading. Love includes all the real, often petty resentments that must be swept aside in its name, as Kenneth Fearing so aptly illustrates in "Love 20 Cents the First Quarter Mile." In some poems, the pure beauty of the line adds profundity to expressions of love, as in Neruda's "I Do Not Love You": "I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,/ in secret, between the shadow and the soul." The illicit nature of some love relationships is revealed in Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's "Between Your Sheets," a yearning by an 18th-century woman ahead of her time. Tragedy, of course, is inherent in many love matches, so evident here in the facing poems of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, both describing the transformational quality of love. This concise volume can be agreat resource for study because of the variety of styles and forms from the colloquial to the arcane. At least one collection of love poetry should be in every library. Who, at some time in her life, doesn't need a love poem? KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Warner, 128p. index., Budin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446690225
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/13/2002
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 502,367
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
La Vita Nuova 1
Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day? 2
Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day? 3
Who Ever Loved 4
from Paradise Lost (Book IV) 5
To Helen 6
A Red, Red Ross 7
She Tells Her Love while Half Asleep 8
Last Night You Left Me and Slept 9
I Prithee Send Me Back My Heart 10
I Carry Your Heart with Me 11
The Avenue 12
The Bargain 13
The Mirabeau Bridge 14
To the Bridge of Love 15
She Walks in Beauty 16
The Ragged Wood 17
Night Thoughts 18
The Gardener 19
To the Harbormaster 20
To a Stranger 21
True Love 22
Love 20 Cents the First Quarter Mile 24
Jenny Kiss'd Me 26
Juliet 27
Song to Celia 28
Your Catfish Friend 29
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat 30
Love Song to Alex, 1979 32
When Sue Wears Red 33
Those Who Love 34
Reprise 35
One Word Is Too Often Profaned 36
I Do Not Love You 37
Gifts 38
At Last 39
To Alice B. Toklas 40
Valentine 41
Love's Secret 42
I Knew a Woman 43
Love for a Hand 44
It Is the Third Watch 45
The Enchantment 46
The Silken Tent 47
Love Song 48
Wild Nights! 49
She Comes Not When Noon Is on the Roses 50
Between Your Sheets 51
The Jewels 52
Song 5 to Lesbia 54
The Vine 55
from The Song of Songs 56
Confession 58
I Loved You 59
from Merciless Beauty 60
He Is More than a Hero 61
To His Mistress 62
To Little or No Purpose 63
Touch 64
Lady Love 65
Love Poem 66
I Want to Breathe 67
A Statue of Eros 68
Come Quickly 69
Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds 70
Habitation 71
September 72
Love Letter 73
Marriage Morning 75
To My Dear and Loving Husband 76
Fulfillment 77
How Do I Love Thee? 78
Meeting at Night 79
Sonnet XXX 80
Camomile Tea 81
Decade 82
Wear Me 83
The Marriage 84
Married Love 85
The River Merchant's Wife 86
To His Coy Mistress 88
Nothing Twice 90
Strawberries 92
True Love 94
When I Was One-and-Twenty 96
Thunderstorm in Town 97
On the Balcony 98
Love Song 99
Moonlit Night 100
Sonnet of Sweet Complaint 101
Since There's No Help 102
Love Arm'd 103
The Lost Love 104
Echo 105
Reminiscence 106
For Jane 107
Funeral Blues 108
Vino Tinto 109
One Art 110
To Fanny Brawne 111
A Valediction Forbidding Mourning 112
Index to Titles and Authors 115
Index to First Lines 121
Acknowledgments 125
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2005

    very enjoyable

    excellent book, if your into poetry you'll love the work in this book,

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    Great Composition

    I am not one for love poems but I did enjoy this book and would pass it on or purchase it as a gift.

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