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by C.N. Edwards
The universal and eternal subject of love has inspired most poets throughout the ages to put pen to paper in order to express its violent spectrum of emotions. This book contains some of the most famous and treasured love poems, from Shakespeare's sonnets to Robert Burns' Red Red Rose.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Flame Tree Publishing
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Bought this because I was surprised to find how few love poems are rated as popular on internet poetry sites, at least in English. I wouldn't have included Katherine Mansfield. Or possibly Emily Dickinson. Thomas Hardy mumbled impracations into the same sleeve where he jotted down latin derivations of topology. And I was going to complain about Rupert Brooke, but the poor man was conspired against in affairs with women, by men who wrote poems to his "boyish good looks." Where is Pushkin, the ...more
I bought this partly because I like poetry and partly because the pictures included in the book were absolutely gorgeous. I thought it was a really good selection of poems, and I now have it full of post-it notes marking my favorites.