Poets and writers often write about universal topics such as life, death, war, and love. With Valentine’s Day just around the clock, here are some contemporary and classical favorites on the subject of love and other love-links as seen by The Poetry Editor.
“How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“Love Calls Us to the Things of This World” by Richard Wilbur
“The Healing Art of Love” on What the Bible Says About Love
“The Love Chapter,” I Corinthians 13 by the Apostle Paul
The main obstacle to love is not hate so much as fear, and “The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot beautifully addresses both. Whether Eliot or a persona, the “I” of the poem combats his fears by wielding gorgeous phrases and metaphors you’ll want to read, re-read, and drool over, especially if you love, love, love well-written poetry.
© 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler.