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Elizabeth Barrett Browning penned some of the most famous and passionate lovepoems ever written, collected here in a ...
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning penned some of the most famous and passionate lovepoems ever written, collected here in a magnificent gift edition, illustratedby Margaret Armstrong.
I thought once how Theocritus had sung
Of the sweet years, the dear and wished for years,
Who each one in a gracious hand appears
To bear a gift for mortals, old or young:
And, as I mused it in his antique tongue,
I saw, in gradual vision through my tears,
The sweet, sad years, the melancholy years,
Those of my own life, who by turns had flung
A shadow across me. Straightway I was 'ware,
So weeping, how a mystic Shape did move
Behind me, and drew me backward by the hair;
And a voice said in mastery while I strove,
'Guess now who holds thee?' - 'Death!' I said, But there,
The silver answer rang. . . Not Death, but Love.'
Excerpted from Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning Copyright ©1997 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Excerpted by permission.
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Posted February 22, 2004
This is a very beautiful collection of poems and if you are a huge buffy fan this is the book angel gave to buffy in season two for her birthday. Even if you're not it is still filled with beautiful poems I think you will enjoy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2008
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