This Is My Beloved

This Is My Beloved

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by Walter Benton
     
 

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Born in Austria of Russian parents, Walter Benton lived most of his life in the United States. After working on a farm, in a steel mill, as a window washer, as a salesman, and at various other jobs, he entered Ohio University in 1931, and in due course was graduated. He then spent five years as a social investigator in New York. During the second World War he served…  See more details below

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Born in Austria of Russian parents, Walter Benton lived most of his life in the United States. After working on a farm, in a steel mill, as a window washer, as a salesman, and at various other jobs, he entered Ohio University in 1931, and in due course was graduated. He then spent five years as a social investigator in New York. During the second World War he served in the United States Army, being commissioned a lieutenant of the Signal Corps in the autumn of 1942 and later being promoted to a captaincy. After the war he returned to New York and devoted his time to writing.

This Is My Beloved, the remarkable diary in verse that has become one of the most popular books of poetry, was his first published volume, though his work was already familiar to readers of Poetry, Fantasy, the Yale Review, and the New Republic. Never a Greater Need, a second selection of his poems, was issued in 1948. Walter Benton died in 1976.

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"Never before has the delight and wonder experienced in young love, in which is implicit physical discovery, been conveyed with such touching honesty or with rhapsody so involving unconscious pathos. Those who seek to drag any honest writing through the gutters of their own minds will do the same with this. Those who are not afraid of the strange miracle of life will understand this brave verse."

— William Rose Benet

"I certainly do not find these poems pornographic. They are direct and free, quick with life and warm with remembered passion. The imagery is sensuous and exact, but no more graphic — or pornographic — than the images in the Song of Songs. It is remarkable how Benton has varied the erotic theme and the overtones of physical love."

— Louis Untermeyer

"Walter Benton's verse seems to me full of real poetic feeling. He has sometimes splendid images — 'like God striking a match across the cathedral ceiling — and other expressions of unusual beauty; and his emotional quality is direct and intense."

— Van Wyck Brooks

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ISBN-13:
9780394404592
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1949

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This Is My Beloved 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first discoved this book in college--in the 60's when everyone had to either write something, or bring something to our little dorm readings with candles,malt liquor, and fresh young minds wanting to fall in love..well here I am some 30 years later still sharing Walter Benton with so many people! Some will even cry when hearing the first poem in the book..entry april 23rd,, this is truly the greatest book of love poems I have ever read in a modern day context. This book expresses true love and passion that everyone yearns for!There is nothing more important in life than love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to Walter Benton by my English lit teacher when I was seventeen. It was 1969, and I was one of those people who believed that love, real pure love, could conquer all. Straight out of the gate, I fell in love with the person who after 40 years, can still make my heart fill my chest as if it will burst, make my stomach fill with butterflies when I see him and still yearn for him in my bed. Even though our marriage ended after thirty years, Walter Benton's books, which I purchased in 1969 and still have on my book shelve, helped me go forward even though I allowed someone else to own my heart. Armed with "This is My Beloved" and "Never A Greater Need" I became at peace and embraced my beloved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So deeply do the words of Walter Benton touch the romantic in my soul that I quoted (with permission, of course) some of his lines in my novel, Seasons of Forgetting (words taken from one of the poems). His sensual, graphic descriptions of love found, lost and remembered are haunting and vivid images of a man's soul. Unforgettable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Walter Benton is one of the 'BEST POETS' around. He truly takes the love poetry to another level. I am in love with how he brings his work to life. Those that read this book will be blessed. Thank you Walter for allowing God to stretch you beyond your limits, so that we (the readers) can enjoy the fruit that has ripened within you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this has to be the best book of poetry ever, and the best thing about it is that i find out something 'new' about it everytime that i read it. i don't think a person could ever grow tired of such a wonderful book. it is absolutely entrancing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I discovered Walter Benton's, ' This Is My Beloved', in the 50's when I was in undergraduate school and fell in love with them. I rediscovered them in the late 60's when I received a copy as a surprise gift from my husband. To my delight and amazement I found that reading them after I had fallen in love caused them take on a whole new meaning. I really believe that you have to have loved someone to really appreciate what Walter Benton was saying in these poems.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly a must read for the romantic heart. It takes you from love to loss to picking up the pieces and going on with life.