Love Poetry Out Loud


Following the success of Poetry Out Loud (now in its eighth printing), an affectionate celebration of the declaimed poem, Love Poetry Out Loud now turns to the choppier waters of affection itself. From Hello, I Love You to Pleasures of the Flesh to Loves Me Not, this collection of one hundred poems shouts out life’s grand passion with the help of the voices of poets old and new.

Rubin’s informed, irreverent style skillfully reveals the humor, beauty, variety, tradition, and ...

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Following the success of Poetry Out Loud (now in its eighth printing), an affectionate celebration of the declaimed poem, Love Poetry Out Loud now turns to the choppier waters of affection itself. From Hello, I Love You to Pleasures of the Flesh to Loves Me Not, this collection of one hundred poems shouts out life’s grand passion with the help of the voices of poets old and new.

Rubin’s informed, irreverent style skillfully reveals the humor, beauty, variety, tradition, and passion of love poetry. Insightful commentary on the poems’ meanings and on ways to read them aloud, as well as notes on their history and background, are found on every page. Whether long lived like Shakespeare’s sonnets or newly-hewn like Carolyn Forché’s “Taking Off My Clothes,” Love Poetry Out Loud makes each poem as fresh and inspiring as the first time it was uttered.

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Editorial Reviews

Orlando Sentinel
“A delightful anthology. . . . Rubin makes us realize that ‘poetry is not a different language, it is our language.’And it’s fun.” — The Orlando Sentinel
Writer's Digest
“A timeless selection. . . . Each poem, read aloud, reverberates in the reader and . . . capture[s] our imaginations with rhyme, meter, image, sound, wit, and (above all) truth.” — Writer’s Digest
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565124592
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 2/2/2007
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 461,538
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Alden Rubin holds an M.A. in creative writing from Hollins College. He worked as a journalist and a college English instructor at the University of North Carolina and was an editor for Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. His books include Poetry Out Loud and On the Beaten Path: An Appalachian Pilgrimage. He lives in Sykesville, Maryland, with his wife.

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Table of Contents

Why Love Poetry?     xvii
Silly Love Songs     1
Litany   Billy Collins     2
For an Amorous Lady   Theodore Roethke     4
She's All My Fancy Painted Him   Lewis Carroll     5
The Lingam and the Yoni   A. D. Hope     7
To an Usherette   John Updike     10
Love under the Republicans (or Democrats)   Ogden Nash     11
Love: Two Vignettes   Robert Penn Warren     12
Resignation   Nikki Giovanni     14
"O Mistress Mine"(from Twelfth Night)   William Shakespeare     18
Nothing but No and I   Michael Drayton     19
Hello, I Love You     21
The Good Morrow   John Donne     22
"Wild Nights - Wild Nights!"   Emily Dickinson     24
Meeting and Tossing   Robert Frost     25
The Greeting   R. H. W. Dillard     26
The Light$dCommon     28
"The Twenty-ninth Bather" (from Song of Myself)   Walt Whitman     32
Thine Eyes Still Shined   Ralph Waldo Emerson     34
Surprised by Joy   William Wordsworth     35
Love's Philosophy   Percy Bysshe Shelley     36
Poem   Seanius Heaney     37
The Comedy of Eros     39
Pucker   Ritah Parrish     40
Love Portions   Julia Alvarez     45
Lonely Hearts   Wendy Cope     47
"I, being born a woman"   Edna St. Vincent Millay     49
Love Song: I and Thou   Alan Dugan     50
Love Song   Dorothy Parker     52
The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd   Sir Walter Raleigh     54
Portrait of a Lady   William Carlos Williams     56
Where Be Ye Going, You Devon Maid?   John Keats     58
Brown Penny   W.B.Yeats     60
Eye of the Beholder     61
How Do I Love Thee?   Elizabeth Barrett Browning     62
Juke Box Love Song   Langston Hughes     63
To My Dear and Loving Husband   Anne Bradstreet     64
from Homage to Mistress Bradstreet   John Berryman     65
Song: To Celia   Ben Jonson     67
A Red,Red Rose   Robert Burns     68
Ask Me No More   Thomas Carew     69
A Girl in a Library   Randall Jarrell     71
"Not marble nor the gilded monuments"   William Shakespeare     77
"Not Marble nor the Gilded Monuments"   Archibald MacLeish     78
Loves Me     81
A Birthday   Christina Georgina Rossetti     82
Thou Art My Lute   Paul Laurence Dunbar     83
Somewhere I have never travelled, gladly beyond   E. E. Cummings     84
Love Poem   Connie Voisine     86
The Song of Songs (7:1-8:3)$dThe New English Bible     88
"If I profane with my unworthiest hand" (from Romeo and Juliet)   William Shakespeare     91
Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal   Alfred, Lord Tennyson     92
When We Two Parted   George Gordon   Lord Byron     93
"Joy of my life, full oft for loving you"   Edmund Spenser     95
The Changed Man   Robert Phillips     96
Loves Me Not     99
Then Came Flowers   Rita Dove     100
The Defiance   Aphra Behn     101
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning   John Donne      102
When You Are Old   W. B. Yeats     104
I Will Not Give Thee All My Heart   Grace Hazard Conkling     105
Neutral Tones   Thomas Hardy     106
"I hear an army charging upon the land"   James Joyce     107
Silentium Amoris   Oscar Wilde     108
Variations on the Word Love   Margaret Atwood     109
Taking Off My Clothes   Carolyn Forche     111
Pleasures of the Flesh     113
Wrestling   Louisa S. Bevington     114
Wet   Marge Piercy     115
Down, Wanton, Down!   Robert Graves     117
Poem for Sigmund   Lorna Crozier     119
Lullaby   W. H. Auden     120
Green   Paul Verlaine     122
Coral   Derek Walcott     124
Her Lips Are Copper Wire   Jean Toomer     125
"Come, Madam, come, all rest my powers defy"   John Donne     126
The Aged Lover Discourses in the Flat Style   J. V. Cunningham     129
Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?     131
The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter   Ezra Pound      132
Letter Home   Stephen Dunn     134
The Voice   Thomas Hardy     137
I Will Not Let Thee Go   Robert Bridges     138
The Meeting   Katherine Mansfield     140
Still Looking Out for Number One   Raymond Carver     142
Bearded Oaks   Robert Penn Warren     143
48 Hours after You Left   DJ Renegade     146
"That time of year thou mayst in me behold"   William Shakespeare     148
Good Night   W. S. Merwin     149
A Failure to Communicate     151
Never Pain to Tell Thy Love   William Blake     152
You Say I Love Not   Robert Herrick     153
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prujrock   T. S. Eliot     154
Adam's Curse   W. B. Yeats     162
Fire and Ice   Robert Frost     164
"After great pain, a formal feeling comes"   Emily Dickinson     165
"Since the majority of me"   Philip Larkin     166
The Rival   Sylvia Plath     167
The Lost Mistress   Robert Browning     169
Sleeping with You   John Updike      171
Second Time Around     173
"Since there's no help, come, let us kiss and part"   Michael Drayton     174
"Sigh No More, Ladies" (from Much Ado About Nothing)   William Shakespeare     175
Sources of the Delaware   Dean Young     176
December at Yase   Gary Snyder     180
Freedom   Jan Struther     182
Good Morning, Love!   Paul Blackburn     183
I So Liked Spring   Charlotte Mew     185
I Look into My Glass   Thomas Hardy     186
An Answer to a Love Letter in Verse   Lady Mary Wortley Montagu     187
Symptom Recital   Dorothy Parker     189
Index of Titles     191
Index of First Lines     195
Index of Authors     199
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