Bibliomania Love Poetry

Even when there is no paper left and we scratch our thoughts into blackened scrap steel upon a junkyard Earth with the remnants of televisions and Digital Versatile Disc players, we will be writing love poetry. Everyone who has spent a night alone possessed with the image, the sound, the breath, of a missing loved one has thought in lines of accidentally exquisite poetry. Most of it is so fumbling and absurdly passionate that we hide it from all but our singular loved one and sometimes even from them too (courtly lovers were big fans of this). Many have written this down none the less. Many more have just seized the words of others in poetry and song and scribbled them in inky gestures of love. What is the letter for if not to create a written compendium of desires for the one who is not there. Especially in the age of the email, perhaps these love letters are all that circulate apart from bank statements, tax demands and "Congratulations, you have won a free inflatable giraffe" leaflets. If you could only halt all these letters for just a moment and borrow their words for your own loved one... well, you might find some poems like these:

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"Blow Northern Wind" Anonymous (c. 1300)
"I like my body when it is with your" by e.e. cummings
"Lovers' Infiniteness" by John Donne
"A Love Song" by William Carlos Williams
"Monna Innominata" Sonnets i-iii by Christina Rossetti
"Amoretti" Sonnets LXXV-LXXVII by Edmund Spenser
"In a Gondola" by Robert Browning (excerpts)
"Love" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"A white Rose" by John Boyle O'Reilly
"I do not love Thee" by Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton
"Perfect Woman" by William Wordsworth
"Return" by John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
"Renouncement" by Alice Meynell
"My Delight and Thy Delight" by Robert Bridges
"Love is enough" by William Morris
"The Indian Serenade" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
"She walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron
"A Red, Red Rose" by Robert Burns
"I'll never love Thee more" by James Graham, Marquis of Montrose
"To Electra" by Robert Herrick
"Being Your Slave" by William Shakespeare
"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe
"Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day" by William Shakespeare
"To His Coy Love" by Michael Drayton
"Phillis 2" by Thomas Lodge
"Song of Solomon" from the King James Bible (extract)
"Libido" by Rupert Brooke
"To Chloe: Who for his sake wished herself younger" by William Cartwright
"Yourself the Sun, and I the melting Frost" by Sir Arthur Gorges
"When You are Old" by William Butler Yeats

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