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Penguin’s Poems for Love selected by Laura Barber February 13, 2010

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Penguin's Poems for Love, selected by Laura Barber

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

Here are the poems to take you on a  journey of  ‘suddenly’ of love at first sight to the ‘truly, madly, deeply’ of infatuation and on to the ‘eternally’ of love that lasts beyond the end of life, along the way taking in the flirtation, passion, fury, betrayal and broken hearts.

Bringing together the greatest love poetry from around the world and through the ages, ranging from W. H. Auden to William Shakespeare, John Donne to Emily Dickinson, Robert Browning to Roger McGough, this anthology will delight, comfort and inspire anyone who has ever tasted love – in any of its forms.

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)”

Penguin’s Poems for Love are beautiful. They are a carefully thought out collection, consisting of deeply passionate ideals, and brutally honest realism. There is something in every poem that will cause you, as the reader, to connect with the poet, and what the poet in trying to convey.

Single, taken, married, divorced, widowed…there is a poem relating to it all, so this is not just a poetry collection for those flying on cloud nine, and nor is it purely for the cynics who simply don’t believe in love.

The range is so great you will be astounded at the linking, and connections, which create the flowing pattern, regardless of the age of the pieces, and the variety of poets.

The poems are organised through themed chapters, throwing together unlikely combinations, to follow the various paths life may take love through. Even the organisation of these poems reminds the reader that love is a timeless thing, a powerful emotion that has survived through centuries, and caused destruction through decades.

The power of words is intense in these poems; it is near impossible not to find a poem to suit your mood, feelings or situation.

The only criticism I have, is that with these combinations, often I find the poems don’t sit well together, for the dramatic change in language, content, poet and style, although highly effective, destroys flow if more than a couple of poems are read. This takes from the credit of the poets, unnecessarily.

In conclusion, this collection is well worth reading, and contains a very strong combination of poems, stirring deep emotions. However, do not expect flow through the paths the poems take with each other.

KJ
theBookGirl

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