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||She walks in beauty / George Gordon, Lord Byron -- Introduction -- Falling In Love -- Very Valentine / Gertrude Stein -- Song / John Keats -- I do not love thee / Honorable Caroline Norton -- From Hero and leander / Christopher Marlowe -- Love's philosophy / Percy Bysshe Shelley -- Having a coke with you / Frank O'Hara -- Symptom recital / Dorothy Parker -- To Aphrodite of the flowers, at Knossos / Sappho -- Come to the orchard in spring / Rumi -- Little clown, my heart / Sandra Cisneros -- Making Love -- Don't try to rush things-from Poem 41 / Antonio Machado -- From From June to December / Wendy Cope -- Wild nights-wild nights! / Emily Dickinson -- May I feel said he / E E Cummings -- When he pressed his lips / Steve Kowit -- Corinna's going a-Maying / Robert Herrick -- Weather-cock points south / Amy Lowell -- To his mistress going to bed / John Donne -- Song of Solomon 21:1-17, 3:1-5 -- Final soliloquy of the interior paramour / Wallace Stevens -- Variation on the word sleep / Margaret Atwood -- After making love we hear footsteps / Galway Kinnell -- It is marvellous / Elizabeth Bishop -- White heliotrope / Arthur Symons -- Youth / Osip Mandelstam, translated by W S Merwin -- Breaking Up -- Lilacs / Katherine Garrison Chapin -- Unfortunate coincidence / Dorothy Parker -- Philosopher / Edna St Vincent Millay -- From Summer with Monika / Roger McGough -- I'm going to Georgia / Folk song -- Type of loss / Ingeborg Bachmann -- On monsieur's departure / Queen Elizabeth I -- Eaten heart-from The Knight of Curtesy -- My life closed twice before its close / Emily Dickinson -- When we two parted / George Gordon, Lord Byron -- Well, I have lost you / Edna St Vincent Millay -- What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why (sonnet XLIII) / Edna St Vincent Millay -- No, thank you, John / Christina Rossetti -- When you have forgotten Sunday: the love story / Gwendolyn Brooks -- End / Elizabeth Alexander -- Marriage -- Passionate shepherd to his love / Christopher Marlowe -- Marriage / Gregory Corso -- From The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia / Sir Philip Sidney -- i carry your heart with me (i carry it in / E E Cummings -- To my dear and loving husband / Anne Bradstreet -- To Margo / Gavin Ewart -- Word to husbands / Ogden Nash -- To the ladies / Lady Mary Chudleigh -- Female of the species / Rudyard Kipling -- From Paradise Lost / John Milton -- Good wife / Proverbs 31:10-31 -- My last duchess / Robert Browning -- To speak of woe that is in marriage / Robert Lowell -- From a survivor / Adrienne Rich -- Letter from my wife / Nazim Hikmet --
||Overview: In She Walks in Beauty, Caroline Kennedy has once again marshaled the gifts of our greatest poets to pay a very personal tribute to the human experience, this time to the complex and fascinating subject of womanhood. Inspired by her own reflections on more than fifty years of life as a young girl, a woman, a wife, and a mother, She Walks in Beauty draws on poetry's eloquent wisdom to ponder the many joys and challenges of being a woman. Kennedy has divided the collection into sections that signify to her the most notable milestones, passages, and universal experiences in a woman's life, and she begins each of these sections with an introduction in which she explores and celebrates the most important elements of life's journey. The collection includes works by Elizabeth Bishop, Sharon Olds, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, W. H. Auden, Adrienne Rich, Sandra Cisneros, Anne Sexton, W. S. Merwin, Dorothy Parker, Queen Elizabeth I, Lucille Clifton, Naomi Shahib Nye, and W. B. Yeats. Whether it's falling in love, breaking up, friendship, marriage, motherhood, or growing old, She Walks in Beauty is a priceless resource for anyone, male or female, who wants a deeper understanding and appreciation of what it means to be a woman.