Looking for a Love Poem

Posted by on June 12, 2012 in crossroads | 1 comment

For my current WIP, I’m looking for a love poem.  Here are the requirements:

  1. Must be in the public domain.
  2. Must be somewhat obscure — nothing that is regularly anthologized in high school or college freshman lit classes — but see 3 below.
  3. Must be by generally recognizable author (e.g., Keats, Shelly, Byron, etc.)
  4. May be long, but a single stanza or two must be quotable, to get the feeling of the wild, romantic love expressed in the work.

Yeah.  I made it through my departmental comps by using medieval devotional poetry as my examples for “poetry”.

So?  Anyone have any suggestions?

Mindy, knowing someone online will come up with the perfect poem!

1 Comment

  1. I’m not sure if this qualifies as obscure, but I always liked “Wild Nights! Wild Nights!” by Emily Dickinson. It’s probably the only Emily Dickinson poem I read and thought “that’s kind of sexy” ;-) and as a bonus there is the Van Morrison song

    Wild nights! Wild nights!
    Were I with thee,
    Wild nights should be
    Our luxury!

    Futile the winds
    To a heart in port,
    Done with the compass,
    Done with the chart.

    Rowing in Eden!
    Ah! the sea!
    Might I but moor
    To-night in thee!

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