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For over 2,000 years women have been writing love poetry. Here is the first anthology of love poems written only by women. Poets from all ages and all parts of the world, expressing love not only for their male and female lovers, but for parents, children, friends, for art, God, nature, and homeland, are collected here, and include the works of: Sappho, Emily Dickenson, On For over 2,000 years women have been writing love poetry. Here is the first anthology of love poems written only by women. Poets from all ages and all parts of the world, expressing love not only for their male and female lovers, but for parents, children, friends, for art, God, nature, and homeland, are collected here, and include the works of: Sappho, Emily Dickenson, Ono no Komachi, Shadab Vajdi, Alice Walker, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and many more. Originally published as: The Virago book of love poetry by Virago Press, Great Britain (1990).


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For over 2,000 years women have been writing love poetry. Here is the first anthology of love poems written only by women. Poets from all ages and all parts of the world, expressing love not only for their male and female lovers, but for parents, children, friends, for art, God, nature, and homeland, are collected here, and include the works of: Sappho, Emily Dickenson, On For over 2,000 years women have been writing love poetry. Here is the first anthology of love poems written only by women. Poets from all ages and all parts of the world, expressing love not only for their male and female lovers, but for parents, children, friends, for art, God, nature, and homeland, are collected here, and include the works of: Sappho, Emily Dickenson, Ono no Komachi, Shadab Vajdi, Alice Walker, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and many more. Originally published as: The Virago book of love poetry by Virago Press, Great Britain (1990).

30 review for Love Poems by Women: An Anthology of Poetry from Around the World and Through the Ages

  1. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    This is one of the best poetry anthologies in my collection. Be warned though, it is not uplifting. It seems that when women write poetry about love they do not wax poetic about their lover's physical beauty or prowess, instead they write poems about all of the ways love can go wrong. There are about 350 poems in this collection, and I think they might have just scratched the surface. This is one of the best poetry anthologies in my collection. Be warned though, it is not uplifting. It seems that when women write poetry about love they do not wax poetic about their lover's physical beauty or prowess, instead they write poems about all of the ways love can go wrong. There are about 350 poems in this collection, and I think they might have just scratched the surface.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Randy

    The range of selection is wide (from Sappho to Sexton and beyond). But, sorry, my overall impression is lukewarm. The book is organized by themes in an attempt, I think, to give it some impact. But this, I think, makes it seem a bit more scattered. I carried this suspicion throughout that the poems were selected at times for their ability to fit into a particular chapter not because they were the best love poems the authors had to offer. That is the hardship, I suppose, of crafting an anthology. The range of selection is wide (from Sappho to Sexton and beyond). But, sorry, my overall impression is lukewarm. The book is organized by themes in an attempt, I think, to give it some impact. But this, I think, makes it seem a bit more scattered. I carried this suspicion throughout that the poems were selected at times for their ability to fit into a particular chapter not because they were the best love poems the authors had to offer. That is the hardship, I suppose, of crafting an anthology. The approach just isn't fully successful here. Still, as a survey of women's poetry, it isn't half bad. The writers represented are, by and large, notable in their own right and many of the poems stand up well on their own. But the book could have been organized to give it a bit more focus.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James

    Some fabulous ones, some that didn't do much for me. A nice collection overall. Some fabulous ones, some that didn't do much for me. A nice collection overall.

  4. 5 out of 5

    J.M.

    Funny story: my mother bought this for me while I was in college and, almost at the exact time she was in the story purchasing it, I was in a bookstore miles away looking at the women's section when this book fell off the shelf and into my hands. So apparently I was meant to have this book. It's a very good collection of poems, most I've never read elsewhere, all love stories of varying degrees. My absolute favorite in this collection is "On the Road to the Sea" by Charlotte Mew, with the lines: " Funny story: my mother bought this for me while I was in college and, almost at the exact time she was in the story purchasing it, I was in a bookstore miles away looking at the women's section when this book fell off the shelf and into my hands. So apparently I was meant to have this book. It's a very good collection of poems, most I've never read elsewhere, all love stories of varying degrees. My absolute favorite in this collection is "On the Road to the Sea" by Charlotte Mew, with the lines: "I would've liked (so vile we are!) to have taught you tears But most to have made you smile." Other poems I enjoyed in this collection are: "Love Letter" by Carole C. Gregory "Possibly" by Leslea Newman "A Zorro Man" by Maya Angelou "To a Dark Girl" by Gwendolyn Bennett "To the Spider in the Crevice" by Janet Sutherland "When I Hear Your Name" by Gloria Fuertes "Theme and Variations II" by Edna St. Vincent Millay This is an awesome collection of poets you probably won't find in your English class. These poems are erotic and sensuous, full of longing and desire, despair and need. If you love poetry and are a romantic at heart, definitely pick this book up.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    A wonderful collection of a diverse group of women, from many different times, cultures, religions, sexualities, ages and races. This collection may not have the premiere poems of some poets, but it is full of poignant verses that I would have otherwise not discovered- which I believe to the one of the biggest pros of an anthology versus a single-author collection. Something I will definitely hold on to to read to my future daughters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    diane

    i don't generally get excited by anthologies, but this book is so thoughtfully edited. it's broken down thematically by stages of love, lust, heartbreak, etc.., while blurring the lines between all. the selections are excellent as well. i don't generally get excited by anthologies, but this book is so thoughtfully edited. it's broken down thematically by stages of love, lust, heartbreak, etc.., while blurring the lines between all. the selections are excellent as well.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    favorite anthology of poetry to date

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tamitha

  9. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

  10. 4 out of 5

    Denise

  11. 5 out of 5

    Annie Mcwilliams

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jeannette

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Costa

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carly

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cat

  18. 4 out of 5

    Raquel Reyes-Lopez

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barry Mcsorley

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lamazone

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tony Sims-Novis

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rocío

    Excelente. De esos libros que te dejan con ganas de más.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Naz

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen

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