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This Is My Beloved

4.59 of 5 stars 4.59  ·  rating details  ·  137 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Born in Austria of Russian parents, Walter Benton lived most of his life in the United States. After working on a farm, in a steel mill, as a window washer, as a salesman, and at various other jobs, he entered Ohio University in 1931, and in due course was graduated. He then spent five years as a social investigator in New York. During the second World War he served in the ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published June 27th 1949 by Knopf
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Elnora Fortson
I first read Walter Benton's "This Is My Beloved" over 25 years ago. I now own a new copy as well as his book dramatically read to music by Arthur Prysock. This book is for all romantics and a good read.
Michael Lindy
I'm going to be perfectly honest in this review: I know nothing about the identity of Walter Benton, Lillian, or the nature of their relationship other than what is depicted in this brief work, nor do I wish to seek out any more information. I cannot even say with confidence that this is a work of non-fiction. What I can say is that the poems recorded in "This Is My Beloved" slowly weave together a story that is only half-told, one that mixes love with loss and desire with despair. Though the en ...more
Jan 30, 2010 Chip rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: yes
Recommended to Chip by: in my mother's library
I set this slender tome aside from my mothers library after she died in '06. I had opened it and read an entry at random (it is written in diary/journal format). Benton mentions the Hocking River and hitch hiking to Marietta- which places him at or near the University of Ohio, in Athens (I would like to know), from which I graduated, and where I had such formative counter-culture college life experiences in the early '70's (though published in '43, he does mention hashish and "reefer"!). Thus, I ...more
Dec 03, 2013 Aberjhani rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers, Poets, and Jazz Fans
A Perfect Antidote for Wartime Blues

Critics were divided over whether THIS IS MY BELOVED, by Walter Benton, was pornography or literary art when it first came out. That question really should have been answered by these lines from the very first poem in the book: "Because hate is legislated...written into/ the primer and the testament,/ shot into our blood and brain like vaccine or vitamins...I need love more than ever now..."

There's no doubt that Benton, who was born in Austria and lived later
lovely. not all the time startling in their originality, but beautiful love poems always.
D Maurice Waddell

Beautifully written.....
Deborah Wineinger McGregory
This is a book of poetry which I don't normally read. However, I bought a 1945 edition at an estate sale. I sat down to "flip through" it and discovered it was a diary written in verse. A little difficult reading at first - haven't read much poetry (especially not a whole book) since college days. Enjoyed reading it during the recent cold spell, wrapped in a comfy blanket.
Erotic love poetry that doesn't border on the lewd or the silly. An idealized love, love comes in the first part, in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th love has left, without drama, without fights, without the ugliness. A veil is drawn straight to reminiscence, the chance encounter, and the longing.

Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
Walter Pritchett
Is it a strange coincident or is it possible that this book by Walter Benton is the same of "The Songs of Solomon" from the Old Testament? I found too many obvious parallels. With all the reviews and critiques I'm amazed no one as drawn the same conclusion. Maybe everyone is thrown off by some of the graphic language. Of course The Songs of Solomon was very graphic in is day. What do U think?
Carolina Tapia
It's love in its truest raw form. I read it when I met my first love and I read it now 6 years later and having learned a lot in life and love. It's bittersweet personally and literarily .
Not sure how I would feel about this today. Was a big fan back when I was 18 and getting high all the time.
Miley the Book Junkie Reads . . .
Beautiful book with love on each page. Very happy that I took the time to track this book down.
My favorite book of poetry, ever. Very controversial at the time it was written.
Read this book in 1969 and still do when I need some pointers on Love quotes it works
Jeff Urbanek
Benton's words are fire to the soul. How do you read this dispassionately?
Frances Harris
People in falling in love cherish the experiences these poems bring.
best first page poem ever, four and a half stars
a favorite... hard to find!
Jul 29, 2009 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars
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