Let the great poets speak your heart on all occasions.
“Mad, bad, and dangerous to know,” the poet Lord Byron was the heartthrob of 19th-century London, setting the fashion for every tousled, troubled troubadour who has followed to the present day.
Despite Byron’s terrible reputation and deformed clubfoot, no one could resist his lyrical, romantic overtures (supposedly not even his own half-sister!) and this tender poem gives us a hint as to why.
Neruda may have served his native country as a diplomat and politician as well as winning the Nobel Prize for literature, but he was best known as “a frank, sensuous spokesman for love.”
Perhaps the most passionate of all modern poets, no one makes a woman with a past sound sexier than Neruda in these bold, ringing lines.
By the time the poetess met her much younger husband, Robert Browning, she was already a literary celebrity on both sides of the Atlantic, but her poor health and overprotective family kept her almost a prisoner in her room. Although Barrett Browning was already 40, she was forced to elope with her husband, and fled to Italy, where her newlywed bliss apparently continued.