Tuesday, February 14, 2012

News at Eleven: The best love poems are written by

the most faithless lovers, Burns and Byron. There are so many great Burns and Byron love poems, but my favourite is Byron's poem to a young man at Missolonghi who looked after him in his last illness. It begins "I watched thee when the foe was at our side" and the last stanza has the greatest split infinitive in literature.

Poems of unrequited love are very powerful, and this is one of the best. I also admire "When we two parted in silence and tears" but I guess these aren't very good for St Valentine.

"Love and Death" by Lord Byron

from The Guardian: Love poems: writers choose their favourites for Valentine's Day
or The Guardian: The best love poems: writers choose their favourites--interactive
then RadioNational: Love Poetry
then The Guardian: Open thread: What are your favourite love poems?


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