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Love Poems by Women: An Anthology of Poetry from Around the World and Through the Ages

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For over 2,000 years women have been writing love poetry. Here is the first anthology of love poems written only by women. Poets from all ages and all parts of the world, expressing love not only for their male and female lovers, but for parents, children, friends, for art, God, nature, and homeland, are collected here, and include the works of: Sappho, Emily Dickenson, On ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published January 16th 1991 by Ballantine Books (first published 1990)
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Dec 30, 2009 Randy rated it liked it
The range of selection is wide (from Sappho to Sexton and beyond). But, sorry, my overall impression is lukewarm. The book is organized by themes in an attempt, I think, to give it some impact. But this, I think, makes it seem a bit more scattered. I carried this suspicion throughout that the poems were selected at times for their ability to fit into a particular chapter not because they were the best love poems the authors had to offer. That is the hardship, I suppose, of crafting an anthology. ...more
Jul 18, 2008 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This is one of the best poetry anthologies in my collection. Be warned though, it is not uplifting. It seems that when women write poetry about love they do not wax poetic about their lover's physical beauty or prowess, instead they write poems about all of the ways love can go wrong. There are about 350 poems in this collection, and I think they might have just scratched the surface.
Dec 12, 2009 James rated it liked it
Some fabulous ones, some that didn't do much for me. A nice collection overall.
Jun 24, 2009 J.M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: keepers, poetry
Funny story: my mother bought this for me while I was in college and, almost at the exact time she was in the story purchasing it, I was in a bookstore miles away looking at the women's section when this book fell off the shelf and into my hands. So apparently I was meant to have this book.

It's a very good collection of poems, most I've never read elsewhere, all love stories of varying degrees. My absolute favorite in this collection is "On the Road to the Sea" by Charlotte Mew, with the lines:

Feb 04, 2014 Amber rated it really liked it
A wonderful collection of a diverse group of women, from many different times, cultures, religions, sexualities, ages and races. This collection may not have the premiere poems of some poets, but it is full of poignant verses that I would have otherwise not discovered- which I believe to the one of the biggest pros of an anthology versus a single-author collection. Something I will definitely hold on to to read to my future daughters.
Jul 31, 2007 diane rated it it was amazing
i don't generally get excited by anthologies, but this book is so thoughtfully edited. it's broken down thematically by stages of love, lust, heartbreak, etc.., while blurring the lines between all. the selections are excellent as well.
Aug 29, 2007 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: poetry
favorite anthology of poetry to date
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