Love's Witness: Five Centuries of Love Poetry by Women

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Jill Hollis
Carroll & Graf, 1993 - American poetry - 334 pages
3 Reviews
Book jacket/back: The work of women poets is often overlooked in anthologies, and collections of love poetry are no exception. This delightful and highly original collection redresses that imbalance, and shows that on the subject of romantic and sexual love women can be just as eloquent as men -- or moreso. Here, the bitter and the sweet mingle as women from the last five hundred years write about jealousy, fikleness, exhiliaration, the pain of parting, and the transience of love. Included are poems from a huge range of women's love poetry which has remained largely invisible since the fifteenth century, as well as poems by well-known names such as Stevie Smith, Emily Dickenson, Christina Rossetti, Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edith Wharton, Katherine Mansfield Amy Lowell, George Eliot and even Queen Elizabeth I.

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Review: Love's Witness: Five Centuries of Love Poetry by Women

User Review  - Wes Young - Goodreads

A tremendous collection of love poems that cover the spectrum of wanting, falling in, wading through, and falling out of Love, and some on friendship as well. A great resource for finding poems for a wedding, which is what I was tasked with doing! Read full review

Review: No Bliss Like This: Five Centuries of Love Poems by Women

User Review  - Martine Peacock - Goodreads

Some gems in here that are new to me. But too many old poems for my liking, the kind that are in old-fashioned English indecipherable to one as impatient as myself. There are other poetry anthologies I would recommend over this one. Read full review

About the author (1993)

JILL HOLLIS has compiled five previous anthologies, including an illustrated collection of garden verse and several best-selling books of countryside poems.

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