Sensual Love Poems

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Kathleen Blease
Ballantine Books, Jan 1, 2002 - Poetry - 153 pages
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How does love speak? . . .
In the embrace where madness melts in bliss,
And the convulsive rapture of a kiss–
Thus doth Love speak.
–Ella Wheeler Wilcox

At the heart of love lies the quickening of the senses–the thrill of touch, the perfume of passion, the taste and the voice of love, the vision of the beloved.

Sensual love has inspired poets throughout the ages–from the Bible’s beautiful Song of Songs to the lively evocations of sensual love and the private world of lovers created by such gifted contemporary poets as Stanley Kunitz, Maya Angelou, and W. S. Merwin. Here gathered are the truest and the loveliest– verses that tantalize the heart and celebrate the sweet turmoil of passion. Sensual Love Poems is a bouquet the freshness of which never fades, a feast for the senses . . . forever.

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Contents

Ancient Egyptian Love Lyric Anonymous
3
Gloire de Dijon David Herbert Lawrence
5
Love You Ella Wheeler Wilcox
9
On a Girdle Edmund Waller
15
To Cynthia
20
Summer Doorway W S Merwin
26
Leda Hilda Doolittle 83
30
E Lucevan Le Stelle
33
To Althea from Prison Richard Lovelace
83
To His Mistress John Wilmot Earl of Rochester
92
Her Beautiful Hands James Whitcomb Riley
99
Used Up This Body Izumi Shikibu
105
The Flea John Donne
111
Love Lives Beyond John Clare
118
Passion Uninspired by Sentiment
120
LoveLily Dante Gabriel Rossetti
126

Jan Kubelik Carl Sandburg
41
Rumi
47
To Electra Robert Herrick
54
The Quarrel Conrad Aiken
62
The First Kiss of Love excerpts Lord Byron
68
The Dream John Donne
74
like my body when it is with your e e cummings
82
The Mathematician in Love William J Macquorn Rankine
132
No Way to See Him Ono no Komachi
138
Beauty Mary Ann Browne Gray
144
INDEX OF FIRST LINES
151
SPECIAL DEDICATION
157
Copyright

About the author (2002)

Kathleen Blease is a writer and editor whose previous poetry collections are Love in Verse, A Mother’s, and A Friend is Forever. Several years ago, she found her true love, Roger, and they eloped just three months after they met. They are now living and raising their family in historic Easton, Pennsylvania.

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