Blushing: Expressions Of Love In Poems and Letters

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The thumping of your heart in your chest. A pit in your stomach. A blush. These are the symptoms of love sickness, and if you've ever experienced them, this book is for you.

Critically acclaimed poet and anthologist, Paul Janeczko has turned his attention to a new compilation of love poems for teens that collects the most poignant and moving musings about love from a diverse group of classic poets and writers like Shakespeare, Dickinson, ...

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Overview

The thumping of your heart in your chest. A pit in your stomach. A blush. These are the symptoms of love sickness, and if you've ever experienced them, this book is for you.

Critically acclaimed poet and anthologist, Paul Janeczko has turned his attention to a new compilation of love poems for teens that collects the most poignant and moving musings about love from a diverse group of classic poets and writers like Shakespeare, Dickinson, Whitman, Millay, Angelou, and many more.

This is a book girls will carry with them always. They will dog-ear the pages, pass it to friends, sleep with it. And they will go back to it again and again and find in it the drama, the pain, the joy of loving.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For older readers, Blushing: Expressions of Love in Poems and Letters, ed. by Paul B. Janeczko, collects love poems and letters by an array of famed literary figures. From the works of William Shakespeare to Edna St. Vincent Millay and Maya Angelou, among many others, these expressions (often in verse, sometimes in letters) honor love in its many incarnations. In "I Shall Hide Myself," Chino Masako writes, "I shall hide myself/ within the moon of the spring night,/ after I have dared to reveal/ my love to you." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Janeczko takes a look at love through the eyes of poets. He organizes the poems into five sections: "The beginning of love," "In love," "Alone in love," "The end of love," and "Remembering love." In his introduction he discusses why we turn to poetry when we're in love, and why he chose these five categories. Each of them begins with a letter from a famous poet that fits the theme of that section. Here you will find poems from Shakespeare and e. e. cummings, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickinson, as well as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes and Naomi Shihab Nye, to name a few. The selections are rich and meaningful and reflect the many aspects of love and relationships. These poems put into words the joy, comfort, loss and pain that accompany love. It is a small sized book that fits comfortably in one's hand. The table of contents makes it easy to select a poet, a poem or a section of the book that reflects the reader's feelings. A lovely, well-thought-out book to go back to time and again. 2004, Orchard Books, Ages 13 up.
— Sharon Salluzzo
VOYA
Janeczko did not set out to be a poetry anthologist, yet he has more than thirty volumes of poetry to his credit. Here he compiles love poems by some of the most recognized names in poetry, both classic and contemporary. Among them are Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, William Butler Yeats, and Maya Angelou. In an attention-getting introduction, Janeczko explains why he believes people turn to poetry when they are in love—it is "like finding a true confidant, someone who has experienced what we are experiencing." He also explains his purposeful arrangement of the poems in five sections—The Beginning of Love, In Love, Alone In Love, The End of Love, and Remembering Love. These sections chronicle the natural progression of love, from first love to falling out of love to looking back on love. In addition, Janeczko includes five famous love letters, one at the beginning of each section, which set the tone and theme for that portion of the anthology. Although certainly many poems will be familiar to readers, there is comfort in the familiar. What makes this book unique is the ordering of the poems and the mixture of the new and old. The book's design also makes it appealing to readers. The interior text is pink and black, with a sprinkling of pink-tinted photographs. The size is small enough to tuck into a purse, pocket, or book bag, making the poetry portable and accessible, to be enjoyed at odd moments. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Orchard, 112p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Kim Zach
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Deliberately not focusing just on "the glories of new love," this collection of 59 poems is divided into five sections: the beginning of love, in love, alone in love, the end of love, and remembering love. Janeczko includes a diverse range of poets, from William Shakespeare to Maya Angelou to Rumi. The well-known classics are here, such as Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" and Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways." There are also some poems published in the last 10 years from Sophie Hannah and Harryette Mullen. The selections are presented with as little context as possible, highlighting the theme of love's timelessness. Each section opens with a double-page, rose-tinted, black-and-white photograph and a famous love letter. Teens looking for ideas for their own missives and poems will find lots of inspiration here.-Sonja Cole, Briarcliff Middle School, Mountain Lakes, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439530569
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: Blushing
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 3 months - 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction x
I The Beginning of Love
Letter: Ogden Nash to Frances Leonard Nash 2
First Love 4
She was a Phantom of Delight 6
To Citriodora 8
Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day? 9
She Walks in Beauty 10
Feste's Song (from Twelfth Night) 12
To Celia 13
An Hour with Thee 14
I Shall Hide Myself 16
She Tells Her Love While Half Asleep 17
Love Comes Quietly 18
Kidnap Poem 19
Where We Belong, a Duet 20
First Time He Kissed Me, He But Only Kissed 22
In Your Light I Learn How to Love 23
II In Love
Letter: John Keats to Fanny Brawne 26
Deep in Love 28
To My Dear and Loving Husband 29
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love 30
The Good-Morrow 32
How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways 34
I Carry Your Heart with Me(I Carry It in 35
A Sonnet of the Moon 36
Warmth 37
I Do Not Love You... 38
Roadmap 39
Loving Again 40
I Want to Die While You Love Me 42
III Alone in Love
Letter: Rupert Brooke to Noel Oliver 46
Separation 48
A Thunderstorm in Town (A Reminiscence: 1893) 49
Song 50
Rondeau 52
The Look 53
Nineteen 54
I Think I Should Have Loved You Presently 56
The Taxi 57
Everybody Tells Me 58
Waiting 59
I Can't Hold You and I Can't Leave You 60
Dream 61
IV The End of Love
Letter: Percy Bysshe Shelley to Harriet Shelley 64
The End of Love 66
Like the Touch of Rain 67
Neutral Tones 68
May 70
Heart! We Will Forget Him 71
Time Does Not Bring Relief 72
Never Again Would Birds' Song Be the Same 73
When I Was One-and-Twenty (from A Shropshire Lad) 74
When We Two Parted 76
V Remembering Love
Letter: Charlotte Bronte to Constantine Heger 80
Stop all the Clocks... (from Twelve Songs) 82
When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought 84
The First Day 85
Longing 86
Coat 88
When You Are Old 89
What Lips My Lips Have Kissed 90
Love in a Life 91
Love 92
I Hid You 94
I Still Have Everything You Gave Me 95
Acknowledgments 96
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2006

    OMG!!!

    The greatest book I've ever read. Each section understands how you feel. Poems by different people in different words but sharing the smae thought. I recomend buying this book.

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