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One Hundred and One Classic Love Poems
Gathers poems by Marlowe, Shakespeare, Frost, Lawrence, Keats, Auden, Shelley, Browning, Marvell, Jonson, Donne, Tennyson, Williams, Milton, Byron, and Dickinson.
Hardcover, 129 pages
Published September 1st 1988 by McGraw-Hill Companies
(first published 1988)
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Jun 06, 2016 Pamela rated it really liked it · review of another edition
It is a shame the cover of this book is not shown. My copy is beautiful, and drew my eye at once. I write poetry, and love it, so reading this book was a joy for me. It has over one hundred poems from some of my favorite writers. Some were less known, but all enjoyed. There is Yeats, Shelly, Wadsworth, Dickinson, Browning, Frost, and others. Lord Byron, and even The song of Solomon, from the Bible is here. I am sure if you have a favorite, you may find it here. She Walks In Beauty, is one of my ...more
This is a great collection of love poems. I always like the Shakespeare sonnets, probably because I am familiar with them. In this reading, I enjoyed the poem, "An Old Sweetheart of Mine" by James Whitcomb Riley. At first I thought it was going to be a sad poem, remminissing about a lost love. So many of the poems were this way. I loved the ending where his dream of his old love was broken by the appearance of his wife on the stair and he says, "Yet with eagerness and rapture all my vision I res ...more
A lot of names you'd expect with poems you'd expect (How Do I Love Thee, The Passionate Shepherd to his Love). I think the quality of what they chose was a little poor, though. Some authors they chose had poems that aren't quite popular, but a better choice than what they had. They really could've done better with Frost.
It's got poems by some of my favorite poets, Shelley, John Keats, Lord Byron. I enjoy the precise rhythm and metric used by these amazing wordsmiths, and the flawless ability to convey the many nuances of love. I read one or two a day, and try to hold with me the eloquence of the author all day.
My favorite poems in this collection were "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allen Poe, which was the inspiration for the opening of the novel "Lolita" which happens to be my favorite book, and "True Love" by Judith Viorst. These two poems alone made the entire collection worth reading.