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Entering the tradition begun with The 100 Best Poems of All Time and The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time is Leslie Pockell's anthology The 100 Best Love Poems of All Time, offering measured doses of cupidity. Working with Adrienne Avila and Katharine Rapkin, Pockell takes readers from Dante's Vita Nuova to love works by Shakespeare, Marlowe and Milton and by Rabindranath Tagore, Wislawa Szymborska and Frank O'Hara through to Gregory Orr, Judith Viorst and Sandra Cisneros.
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About the Author

Leslie Pockell is the editor of THE 100 BEST POEMS OF ALL TIME. Adrienne Avila is the co-author of "Everything I've Learned."


Adrienne Avila lives in New York City.
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446690228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446690225
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 30, 2006
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How can I keep my soul in me, so that it doesn't touch your soul?
How can I raise it high enough, past you, to other things?
I would like to shelter it, among remote lost objects,
in some dark and silent place that doesn't resonate
when our depths resound. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Leslie Pockell has created a collection of 100 Love Poems in order to explore the many facets of love's expression. The poems range from passionate longings to realistic portrayals (Judith Viorst's True Love). There are images of love's transcendence and safety. Everything from ecstasy to grief is included. Classics like To Helen by Edgar Allan Poe are very familiar.

The River Merchant's Wife by Li Po brings elegant beauty and Strawberries by Edwin Morgan dips into memories of storms while eating strawberries in sugar, one of my all-time favorite poems because of the ending. Katherine Mansfield's poem about tea is warm and satisfying. The flow and rhythm in many of the poems is especially comforting.

The wide range of emotions within the poems also allows for a few moments of sarcasm (Love 20 Cents the First Quarter Mile by Kenneth Fearing) and even humor that is adorably funny. Your Catfish Friend by Richard Brautigan is witty and cute and looks at love from an especially creative perspective. This allows for poems with personality and lightens the heavier content and melancholy love often reveals.

Complete poems and extracts mingle effortlessly through the pages. Each poem is accompanied by an insightful explanation that also sheds light on historical facts and the life of the poet.
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The title says it all. Great Poets with great love poems equates to a pleasurable read. If you like romance and love, then this book Love poems are for you.
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I like the variety of Love Poems in this book, from serious to ribald, from classic to modern. Also includes notes from the "author" which may offer some interpretive assitance.
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It really wasn't what I expected had some great love poems, but I wouldn't say the top 100.

If you're looking for a book of exquisite and moving love poems and letters
I highly recommend this book.A Romantic's Passion: The Tenth Muse
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The only this wrong with this gift was that I wanted it myself. But at the price I got it, I probably will just go ahead and order one! It really has all the great poems and some I didn't know but should have. For when I can't say it myself, this is the perfect way to tell my loved one how much I love him.
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i just feel that a collection like this tries to cover all the bases without truly understanding poetry. they've taken works out of context, from some eras of history, focusing on the period surrounding the 20th century, and suggest that every poetic work on love throughout time is contained within the pages of this book. i felt the editors were saying, "this is what and all that love is and can be."

some of the works selected are not the best by the author, which makes me feel that name recognition was more important than the actual piece. what is love? one should have asked. what is passion? can it be derived from words? can it leap off the page and beguile one with prose or verse? a siren, captivating one's gaze, so that eyes will never wander and only see the forthcoming words of fervor. does the piece make you feel what the author felt? does your body begin to exude the same such passion? can you taste the lips of the lover immortalized? does your world melt away and then become their world?

yes, some of these works have done this and some have just neatly arranged words and phrases. i wish this were more real and less like cliff notes. i understand that '100 love poems' is a buzz phrase and have probably promoted sales, but it should be more complete, with several from each author, delving into the heart of love and what it means to love. sometimes one cannot get there from here in a page or two. jump in with both feet and show me love.

love is an amazing thing. one can set out their whole life to find love and may only catch a glimpse of what it can be. love can alter one's persona, it can be all-consuming and it can even change the course of history. if only everyone could truly experience what it means to love, whole-heartedly.
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At first I thought, oh here is another thrown together "best of" collection....*yawn*. But after reading this collection, I was so glad I picked it up! Finally, an anthology that includes all the classics, plus some pleasant surprises that would normally be overlooked. Hopefully, more "best of" collections will come from the team that put this one together!!
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This is one of the best collections of love poems out there. This is one of those books you could sit down a read or to be used as a resource for weddings, cards, and other purposes. It has all the famous poems held tidy in one spot. Great book.
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