SHAKESPEARE AND LOVE: A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

For Valentine’s Day this year, I’m in a shakespearean mood, and have decided to offer you a bouquet of Love Quotes from the bard. If one of your favourites is missing from this collection, please add it in a COMMENT below.   HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY !   My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite. (Romeo and Juliet, 2.2)   Hear my soul speak: The very instant that I saw you, did My heart fly to your service. (The Tempest, 3.1)   … Continue reading SHAKESPEARE AND LOVE: A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

AN INVITATION TO LOVE ON A COLD VALENTINE’S DAY

I’ve come across another beautiful poem to offer you for Valentine’s Day: this one, from the turn of the 20th century. Its author is Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1872 – 1906, one of the first African-American poets to gain national recognition. According to the information about him that I found on poets.org: “Despite being a fine student, Dunbar was financially unable to attend college and took a job as an elevator operator. In 1892, a former teacher invited him to read his poems at a meeting of the Western Association of Writers; his work impressed his audience to such a degree that the popular poet … Continue reading AN INVITATION TO LOVE ON A COLD VALENTINE’S DAY

LIFE: LOVING SOMEONE, AND STRUGGLING (poems for Valentine’s Day)

I was first inspired to go searching for poems to share with you on Valentine’s Day 2014, and found Keats and Shakespeare’s Sonnets, as well as Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet #43. These, of course, were classically romantic, and even if few of us could have recited any of them from memory, still, they felt familiar and also, somehow personal. This year, for Valentine’s Day, I’d like to share a sensual, suggestive and evocative poem by D.H. Lawrence,  titled “Moonrise”,  but first, I want to present this beautiful poem by another talented poet you may not know, Amiri Baraka. I stumbled upon him in a Sunday New York Times review … Continue reading LIFE: LOVING SOMEONE, AND STRUGGLING (poems for Valentine’s Day)

AT THE TOUCH OF A LOVER, EVERYONE BECOMES A POET

I have spent this beautiful snowbound Valentine’s Day morning strolling among websites, in search of love poems to inspire me. At first glance, it seems that poetry, as a literary form, has been left in the shadows of the 21st century; the works of poets occupy such a shy and unobtrusive space in bookshops. But not so at Pointe-Claire Library, where a rapid search for “poems” yielded 777 hits! And not so online, where many collections of classic works of poetry are accessible to everyone. I wonder if the most quotable, well-known love poem isn’t Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet #43 … Continue reading AT THE TOUCH OF A LOVER, EVERYONE BECOMES A POET