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A Valentine

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Sent to a friend who had complained that I was glad enough to see
him when he came, but didn't seem to miss him if he stayed away.

And cannot pleasures, while they last,
Be actual unless, when past,
They leave us shuddering and aghast,
With anguish smarting?
And cannot friends be firm and fast,
And yet bear parting?
And must I then, at Friendship's call,
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Practicing Poetess 07 February 2019
5th Stanza: The lover, if for certain days his fair one be denied his gaze Sinks not in grief and wild amaze But, wiser wooer He spends the time in writing lays And posts them to her! A 'lay' is defined as a short narrative or other poem, esp. one to be sung. A much wiser course of action than pouting when your friend does not appear!
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Ratnakar Mandlik 07 February 2019
And can not pleasures, while they last Be actual unless, when t past. Wonderfully envisioned poem. Thanks for sharing.
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Edward Kofi Louis 07 February 2019
A lonely shadow! ! ! ! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Glen Kappy 07 February 2019
i'm glad to be introduced this poem by carroll. like good humorous poetry it rhymes well, has regular meter, features tasty word choices, and concludes with a barbed last stanza. -gk
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I trust to find YOUR heart the seat Good poem Of wasting sorrow.
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Ramesh T A 07 February 2019
Glad in meeting friend and not missing when gone away in friendship it is all common occurrence! But on Valentine's day it is entirely different with such friendship in the world of Lewis Carroll!
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Paul Gerard Reed 07 February 2019
A measured view on love, obviously not head over heels
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Sylvia Frances Chan 07 February 2019
So it seems this is a sincere friendship, but as I read this for the second time, there is hidden a tiniest tune of irony, as we can read in the last three lines of the final stanza: Perhaps to-morrow. I trust to find YOUR heart the seat Of wasting sorrow......................CONGRATULATIONS to his family for being chosen as the Classic Poem Of The Day.
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Tom Allport 07 February 2019
A lovely sincere friendship write from a man who was so very bright! ....
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Dr Antony Theodore 07 February 2019
And if the verse flow free and fast, Till even the poet is aghast, A touching Valentine at last The post shall carry, a very fine poem..
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