A Book of Love Poetry

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Jon Stallworthy
Oxford University Press, 1974 - Law - 393 pages
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From the civilization of the Lower Nile to that of the Lower Hudson, more poets have written more convincingly, more poignantly about love than about any other subject. Jon Stallworthy has here selected some of the most moving, funny, shameless, and erotic love poems in the English language. Representing the work of more than 190 poets, from Sappho to Byron and Browning, from Rossetti to Wordsworth and E. E. Cummings, he offers a startling collection of love poetry down throughout the ages. Arranged thematically, beginning with the first dawnings of young love and ending with the "long look back" of the aged, and revealing love in all its different aspects and perversities, this anthology demonstrates vividly man's changeless responses to the changing seasons of the heart.

About the Editor:

Jon Stallworthy is John Wendell Anderson Professor of English Literature at Cornell University and author of Wilfred Owen and editor of The Oxford Book of War Poetry.

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Meh. I'm sure this says something about me, but the most interesting poems in here were in the "Aberrations" section. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
19
Ezra Pound Commission
29
W B Yeats Brown Penny
36
Austin Clarke Penal Law
44
Christina Rossetti The First Day
50
A Sort of Love
55
Lord Byron She Walks in Beauty
61
Edmund Spenser Iambicum Trimetrum
67
Martial Lycoris darling once I burned for you
216
Walter Savage Landor You smiled you spoke
218
Anon Walking in a meadow green
225
Robert Burns A Red Red Rose
231
Robert Browning The Lost Mistress
238
John Gay Sweet Williams Farewell to Blackeyed
244
Harold Momo The Terrible Doof
248
Alexander Pope Epistle to Miss Blount on
254

Robert Herrick To the Virgins to Make Much
75
Thomas Moore An Argument
82
John Keats This living hand now warm and capable
88
Chapter 2
97
Dante Gabriel Rossetti Sudden Light
102
Robert Browning from In a Gondola
108
Ovid Elegy 5
114
Thomas Carew On the Marriage of T K and C C
120
Walt Whitman From pentup aching rivers
135
Richard BiinfiiST Mmm BiSmiam
141
Richard Duke After the fiercest pangs of hot desire
147
W R Rodgers The Net
153
Elizabeth Jennings Winter Love
159
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Away Above a Harborful
165
Robert Creeley The Way
167
Guillaume Apollinaire The Mirabeau Bridge
173
Sir Walter Scott An Hour with Thee
179
W B Yeats A Last Confession
185
Federico Garcia Lorca The Faithless Wife
190
Thomas Randolph Phyllis
196
Ezra Pound The Temperaments
202
George Wither A Lovers Resolution
210
Lady Heguri A thousand years you said
260
Your love is dead lady your
266
Sir Henry Wotton Upon the Death of Sir Albert
272
Andrew Marvell The Definition of Love
278
Donald Justice In Bertrams Garden
284
A E Housman When I was oneandtwenty
292
William Blake The Sick Rose
294
Louis MacNeice Les Sylphides
301
Robert Graves Call It a Good Marriage
307
W B Yeats When You Are Old
315
Alexander Scott A Rondel of Love
320
W B Yeats Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop
328
Edwin Morgan Strawberries
334
William Soutar The Trysting Place
340
?i TtiMAi Wtatt Remembrance
348
Anonymous Frontier Guard While the leaves
355
William Wordsworth Surprised by joy impatient
361
Walter Savage Landor Rose Aylmer
367
Christina Rossetti Echo
368
Index of Titles and First Lines
379
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About the author (1974)

Jon Stallworthy, Professor of English Literature, Cornell University.

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