Love Poems

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Peter Washington
A.A. Knopf, 1993 - Poetry - 256 pages
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It has often been said that love, both sacred and profane, is the only true subject of the lyric poem. Nothing better justifies this claim than the splendid poems in this volume, which range from the writings of ancient China to those of modern-day America and represent, at its most piercing, a universal experience of the human soul.

Includes poems by John Donne, Christina Rossetti, W. H. Auden, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Graves, e. e. cummings, Dorothy Parker, William Shakespeare, Sappho, Bhartrhari, Anna Akhmatova, and W. B. Yeats, among many others.
 

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Contents

Foreword
14
EDWINMUIR In LoveForLong
25
ZENODOTOS AStatue OfEros
32
ANDREW MARVELL To His Coy Mistress 86
38
LOVE IND POETRY
49
BORIS PASTERNAK Darling Its Frightening
56
BORIS PASTERNAK Youre Here
65
LlSHANGYIN Willow
71
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ThExpense Of Spirit
149
JOHN DONNE Song 213
165
ROBERT GRAVES Problems Of Gender
186
ABSENCE ESTRINGEMENT
193
CHRISTINA RossErT1 Somewhere Or Other
199
ANoN ISaw MyLady
205
ANNA AKHMATOVA Instead Of Wisdom
211
MICHAELDRAYTON Since Theres No Help
215

THEODORE ROETHKE IKnew A Woman
77
EMILY mcxmsou The Love A Life Can Show
83
JOHN DONNE The Sun Rising
89
LECONTE DE usuz The Palanquin
97
PLEAS URES AND PAINS
106
ROBERT GRAVES The Thieves lll
112
H LAWRENCE Green
118
PAULOS Our Kisses
131
ROBERT BROWNING The Lost Mistress
223
SWINBURNE AFTER SAPPHO From Anactoria
231
ROBERT GRAVES Lost Love
237
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY Music
243
WILLIAM EMPSON Invitation To Juno 44
248
FYODOR TYUTCHEV Last Love 212
249
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Peter Washington is the editor of many of the Everyman's Library Pocket Poets, including Love Poems, and is the author of Madame Blavatsky's Baboon: A History of the Mystics, Mediums, and Misfits Who Brought Spiritualism to America.

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