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

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  29 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The work of woman poets is often given short shrift in anthologies, and collections of love poetry are no exception. This delightful and highly original collection redresses that imbalance, and proves once again that on the subject of love, women poets are just as eloquent and elegant as men—if not more so. Included are selections from a wide range of often overlooked wome ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by Carroll & Graf (first published 1993)
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Dec 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romantics, poets
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This is *the* book of love poetry I come back to time and time again. I haven't read an exhaustive amount of such works but from what I have read I must say this is a great collection. Great why?

I think it's the subtlety in the way some very powerful subjects are handled. So many of the poems speak in not just their words but in the choice of passive or active tones and hints of more erotic subject matter hidden within talk of "green meadows" and "urgent flood"'s.

If you are a casual reader of po
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Midcentury Love Letter' by Phyllis McGinley

Stay near me. Speak my name. Oh, do not wander
By a thought's span, heart's impulse, from the light
We kindle here. You are my sole defender
(As I am yours) in this precipitous night,
Which over earth, till common landmarks alter,
Is falling, without stars, and bitter cold.
We two have but our burning selves for shelter.
Huddle against me. Give me your hand to hold.

So might two climbers lost in mountain weather
On a high slope and taken by the storm,
Wes Young
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
May 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
Sure this has got some great poems in it, but on the whole I'd say it's a rather feeble collection and has no neat order for the poems. Worth a read, but not to own, which, unfortunately I do.
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