Classic tributes to love
Just before Valentine’s Day, the Guardian asked the poet John Stammers for his top ten favourite love poems.
Stammers, who has edited the Picador Book of Love Poems, made an interesting selection.
I agree with most of them, although I’d probably leave TS Eliot’s Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock out of this particular selection, and go for something from Pablo Neruda’s Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair or WB Yeats’ He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven (both have also been suggested by Guardian readers) or be idiosyncratic and select Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat.
That’s the fun with lists. You can go on and on about what you’d want and why the ones on a particular list shouldn’t be there.
Have a look at the comments from readers at the bottom of the Guardian piece. There are lots of very fascinating suggestions.
What would you put on your list of favourite love poems?