Monday, January 21, 2008

Love poems and love songs

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." These famous first lines of from Elizabeth Barret Browning's poem, How Do I love Thee remind me of Jane Austen's wonderful first lines of Pride and Prejudice. In ten words, Elizabeth Barret Browning sets the tone for her poem. Love makes the world go round and from the time of the troubadours poets have written and sung of love.

William Butler Yeats in his poem, When You Are Old, tells of an enduring love. The first lines touch my heart. "When you are old and gray and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look, Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;"

Because I'm late writing this blog, I intend to return with something from wonderful Dylan Thomas another time. But how about love songs. Bear with me, my memory goes back a long way when my mother sang in a choir and sang at home and I learned old, old song and they were sad. "Ramona, I hear the mission bells above.." He dreams of his lost love "I awake and find you gone." And closer to now. Remember the movie, Around The World in Eight Days and the great song, "Around the world I search for you...I know somewhere, sometime, somehow..."The music is playing inside my head.

A world war two song. "Skylark, have you anything to say to me, can you tell me where my love can be ..." And how about Danny Boy? Now there's a song to make you cry. So many love songs are about lost loves, breaking hearts and the like. "Sing to me of love and tell me the words I long to hear."

We write romance to unite the lovers. We sing to them with words on a page. My three romances published by Cerridwen Press are quite different but they leave the reader feeling satisfied.

Something has gone amiss. I can't download my covers. So, I'm away until next time. This was a rushed blog. I will return.

1 comment:

NIna Nash said...

Interesting post. I love poetry.