This edition of the popular mini-anthology calls at every stop on love’s roller-coaster journey – from the first dizzy declarations of passion, to the clear-eyed devotion of a couple in old age.

 

In one of the most celebrated of modern love poems, we sense the boundless optimism of love at full tilt:

 

“…you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you”

from ‘i carry your heart with me’ by ee cummings

 

Along the way there’s also humour and warmth in the form of a battered straw hat that has come to symbolise what it means to be together for the long haul.

 

These are poems that capture all the light and shade of love; poems to make you think and feel.

 

The selection is edited and introduced by Lorraine Mariner, a poet and librarian who works at the National Poetry Library in London.

 

Poems by Fleur Adcock, John Ashbery, ee cummings, Tishani Doshi, Lorraine Mariner, Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson, Sinéad Morrissey, Peter Sansom, Alfred, Lord Tennyson and RS Thomas.

 

Cover illustration by Sara Boccaccini Meadows.

Ten Poems About Love

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