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In This Issue:
2. Publisher's Note
3. Classic American Love Poems
4. Helpful Hints
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2. Publisher's Note
Dear Writer's Connection Subscriber,
This month's newsletter features: Classic American Love Poems
3. Classic American Love Poems
Anne Bradstreet, Phillis Wheatley, Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe are some of
the great American poets who have left a legacy of heartfelt
love for those falling in love. In my meager attempt,
I tried to put together a collection of my love poems,
Little Love Poems, that was self-published by
iuniverse.com several years ago. Looking back at my work
and now re-reading some of the Greats, I am embarrassed.
Hippocrene Books re-published love poems in 1999 that covered the 17th 20th
centuries. As stated in the Preface, "the poems address the many and varied
facets of love with all of its joys and heartbreaks...and transformed conventional
styles and forms to forge a unique American poetic voice through their art." The
book is a testament to time's temperate caress for lovers everywhere.
A few of the sample verses follow from this great compilation from each century:
Early Affection by George Mose Horton (1797-1883)
I lov'd thee from the earliest dawn,
When first I saw thy beauty's ray,
And will, until life's eve comes on,
And beauty's blossom fades away,
And when all things go well with thee,
With smiles and tears remember me.
True Love by James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)
True love is but a humble, low-born thing,
And hath its food served up in earthen ware;
It is a thing to walk with hand in hand
Through the every-dayness of this work-day world.
The Kiss by Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)
Before you kissed me only winds of heaven
Had kissed me, and the tenderness of rain-
Now you have come, how can I care for kisses
Like theirs again?
Ebb by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)
I know what my heart is like
Since your love died:
It is like a hollow ledge
Holding a little pool
Left there by the tide,
A little tepid pool,
Drying inward from the edge.
My First Love by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)
All my ways the wove of light
Wove them half alive,
Made them warm and beauty-bright...
So the shining, ambient air
Clothes the golden waters where
The pearl fishers dive.
Refusal by Maya Angelou (1928- )
In what other lives or lands
Have I known your lips
Your laughter brave
Those sweet excesses that
I do adore.
What surety is there
That we will meet again,
On other worlds some
Future time undated.
I defy my body's haste.
Without the Promise
Of one more sweet encounter
I will not deign to die.
- Write a love poem to someone special; how did you feel writing your poem
and how was it received if you dared?
- A rhyming dictionary is a must for those who wish to write poetry;
any bookstore will have one in the reference section.
- Is it more difficult for you to write a love letter or poem and
why? Try placing the contents of your letter in free verse without articles,
adjectives, adverbs-stick to noun, verb, object to shorten your prose.
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services to persons with mental retardation. Keith founded
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