Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin
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Love's Language

Rating: 3.0

How does Love speak?
In the faint flush upon the tell-tale cheek,
And in the pallor that succeeds it; by
The quivering lid of an averted eye –
The smile that proves the parent to a sigh –
Thus doth Love speak.

How does Love speak?
By the uneven heart-throbs, and the freak
Of bounding pulses that stand still and ache,

While new emotions, like strange barques, make
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
MostlyHarmless 06 September 2018

The first four stanzas don't do much for me. There are some lines that I think are really strong, but most don't interest me. But that last stanza is vivid and visceral. The pacing is so interesting, with a wonderful balance of long and short phrases, and sentences that begin or end in unusual places. But it's the language there that really gets to me. In the convulsive rapture of a kiss. So intense!

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Caleb Wackoff 27 March 2015

This poem is so gay i have cancer. Kill yourself

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C C 15 April 2006

sorry, but i got bored after the first stanza and didn't read on even though i tried.

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