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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2014-2015 Poetry Out Loud competition. More information here.

Love (III)

By George Herbert

Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew backLove bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back compare Song of Solomon 5:6. "I opened to my beloved, but my beloved had with drawen himself" (Authorized Version, 1611). "Bade" is past tense of "bid," and in Herbert's time was pronounced like "bad."
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Love Lives Beyond the Tomb

By John Clare

Love lives beyond
The tomb, the earth, which fades like dew—
               I love the fond, . . .

"Love of My Flesh, Living Death"

By Lorna Dee Cervantes

Once I wasn’t always so plain.
I was strewn feathers on a cross
of dune, an expanse of ocean . . .

Love’s Philosophy

By Percy Bysshe Shelley

The fountains mingle with the river
   And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever . . .

Love Song

By Dorothy Parker

My own dear love, he is strong and bold
      And he cares not what comes after.
His words ring sweet as a chime of gold, . . .

Lucinda Matlock

By Edgar Lee Masters

I went to the dances at Chandlerville,
And played snap-out at Winchester.
One time we changed partners, . . .

The Luggage

By Constance Urdang

Travel is a vanishing act
Only to those who are left behind.
What the traveler knows . . .

Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota

By James Wright

Over my head, I see the bronze butterfly,   
Asleep on the black trunk,
Blowing like a leaf in green shadow.    . . .

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