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February 28, 2013


My favorite Spenser sonnet is the one you quote, the one beginning "One day I wrote her name upon the strand." How nice to see his lines. I think he may give John Dryden a run for the money as the most neglected and underrated of the all-time greats in English poetry. BTW, a village slightly to the north and east of Ithaca is Dryden, NY -- and I have long felt that the Dryden Hotel on its main street should have a copy of Dryden's poems instead of (or in addition to) the Gideon Bible in each room. There is also a Spencer, NY, near Ithaca, but it's spelled wrong. -- DL

The Heart

You can tell it
What to do—
Be firm,
Be smart—
But never forget,
The heart has a mind
Of its own;

You can tell it
Where to go—
With whom
To board
And flow—
But even
Little children
Should know,
The heart has a way
Of its own;

You can tell it
How long to stay,
With whom to make
House and play—
Making vows
To never betray,
But the heart
Has a time
Of its own;

Yes, the heart loves…
And the heart roams;
Often new faces
And voices
Not our
Imagined choices—
The heart is never
Entirely known

For sure,

The heart
Is a subject

I love this poem. It's so beautiful and full of emotion and makes you feel something on the inside.

This article sets the stage for creating heartfelt love poems that resonate with readers and captivate the essence of affection

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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