Marriage Poems

by John Hollander | Poetry |
ISBN: 9780679455158 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/31/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, January 31, 2023
I found this hardcover in this new-to-me Little Free Library in Lincoln MA. It's from a series of themed poetry anthologies; I've read several others, including a garden-themed one and a "bewitched and haunted" one.

Later: this collection includes poems on a variety of aspects of marriage, from the lovely "my beloved is mine and I am his" from the Song of Songs to the much darker "My Last Duchess". There are old favorites here, as well as poems I'd never heard of - and some have some especially poignant notes, such as "For Poorer," translated by John Brough from an anonymous Sanskrit source:

"'Give me that bit of rag; or take the boy
And try to keep him warm.' 'The ground this side
Is bare, and there's at least some straw at yours.'
The burglar who had quietly entered heard,
Threw over them the ragged cloak he'd lifted
Elsewhere, and crept away again, in tears."

Happy young couples, happy old couples, bickering couples of all ages, an especially racy "warning to a wife" by Martial, even a section on symbolic marriages - nicely varied collection.

Released 3 mos ago (6/8/2023 UTC) at Little Free Library - 16 Main St. in Brookline, New Hampshire USA


I left this book in the Little Free Library; hope someone enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

** Released for the 2023 June Brides challenge. **

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