Essential Poems (to Fall in Love with) presented by Daisy Goodwin

Did you know that there was a BBC TV show on poetry?  In 2003 Daisy Goodwin edited this little collection of love poems that have been performed by various actors on the show, such as Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress,” acted out as an office Don Juan flirting with the new temp.  What a cool idea—to take these poems that we think of as only read by English teachers, and show how full of life and truly “up to date” they are.

The poetry is arranged under topics from “Playing the Dating Game” to “Getting Over It,” with every nuance in between.  Here are poems for every mood and moment of love—or its absence.  Many of us can relate to the bitter truthfulness of Wendy Cope’s four-line poem:

I can’t forgive you.  Even if I could,
You wouldn’t pardon me for seeing through you
And yet I cannot cure myself of love
For what I thought you were before I knew you.

There are passionate poems, thoughtful poems, jealous poems, and some to cheer you up when you feel sad, like this little ditty from Adrian Mitchell:

When I am sad and weary
When I think all hope has gone
When I walk along High Holborn
I think of you with nothing on.

There are poems about old couples in love, how to deal with your ex’s new flame, and the ups and downs of marriage.  There are even poems about love that never quite was, such as these lines from Sara Teasdale’s poem “The Look”:

Strephon’s kiss was lost in jest,
Robin’s lost in play,
But the kiss in Colin’s eyes
Haunts me night and day.

Whether you’re thinking right now that love’s a joy or love’s a pain, there’s something in here for you.  Keep this book on your bedside table—or perhaps in your medicine cabinet!  It will remind you that love is worth searching for and worth cherishing when we find it.  This poem, which closes the collection, says it well.  It was written by Raymond Carver, shortly after he learned he had an inoperable brain tumor:

And did you get what
You wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
Beloved on the earth.

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