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Following the success of Poetry Out Loud (now in its eighth printing), an affectionate celebration of the declaimed poem, Love Poetry Out Loud now turns to the choppier waters of affection itself. From Hello, I Love You to Pleasures of the Flesh to Loves Me Not, this collection of one hundred poems shouts out life’s grand passion with the help of the voices of poets old an Following the success of Poetry Out Loud (now in its eighth printing), an affectionate celebration of the declaimed poem, Love Poetry Out Loud now turns to the choppier waters of affection itself. From Hello, I Love You to Pleasures of the Flesh to Loves Me Not, this collection of one hundred poems shouts out life’s grand passion with the help of the voices of poets old and new. Rubin’s informed, irreverent style skillfully reveals the humor, beauty, variety, tradition, and passion of love poetry. Insightful commentary on the poems’ meanings and on ways to read them aloud, as well as notes on their history and background, are found on every page. Whether long lived like Shakespeare’s sonnets or newly-hewn like Carolyn Forché’s “Taking Off My Clothes,” Love Poetry Out Loud makes each poem as fresh and inspiring as the first time it was uttered.


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Following the success of Poetry Out Loud (now in its eighth printing), an affectionate celebration of the declaimed poem, Love Poetry Out Loud now turns to the choppier waters of affection itself. From Hello, I Love You to Pleasures of the Flesh to Loves Me Not, this collection of one hundred poems shouts out life’s grand passion with the help of the voices of poets old an Following the success of Poetry Out Loud (now in its eighth printing), an affectionate celebration of the declaimed poem, Love Poetry Out Loud now turns to the choppier waters of affection itself. From Hello, I Love You to Pleasures of the Flesh to Loves Me Not, this collection of one hundred poems shouts out life’s grand passion with the help of the voices of poets old and new. Rubin’s informed, irreverent style skillfully reveals the humor, beauty, variety, tradition, and passion of love poetry. Insightful commentary on the poems’ meanings and on ways to read them aloud, as well as notes on their history and background, are found on every page. Whether long lived like Shakespeare’s sonnets or newly-hewn like Carolyn Forché’s “Taking Off My Clothes,” Love Poetry Out Loud makes each poem as fresh and inspiring as the first time it was uttered.

30 review for Love Poetry Out Loud

  1. 5 out of 5

    Beatrice Drury

    I've always read poetry out loud because it seems to better clarify the words for me. It was nice to have permission from the title to do so. I enjoyed the author's explanations and information on the poems and the authors. It was interesting to read another person's opinions of the meanings involved. I didn't always agree with his ideas, though I'm sure he knows more about poetry than I do. Poetry is so subjective. I might love a certain poem that others hate. I might not care about the conten I've always read poetry out loud because it seems to better clarify the words for me. It was nice to have permission from the title to do so. I enjoyed the author's explanations and information on the poems and the authors. It was interesting to read another person's opinions of the meanings involved. I didn't always agree with his ideas, though I'm sure he knows more about poetry than I do. Poetry is so subjective. I might love a certain poem that others hate. I might not care about the content or context used, but enjoy the rhythm invoked. I might love the style, rhythm, context and content but come away with an entirely different explanation of the meaning. It was fun experiencing all these things in reading this. I enjoyed the book very much.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Jinks

    Been getting in a poetry craze for some reason. It had been quite some time since I'd read this anthology, and I gotta say that I didn't know I missed it until I'd read it. I forgot how great the poems in this are. Been getting in a poetry craze for some reason. It had been quite some time since I'd read this anthology, and I gotta say that I didn't know I missed it until I'd read it. I forgot how great the poems in this are.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Lots of explanatory notes and commentary. Not what I was looking for, but the poems were varied and excellent.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Caren

    Okay, I never read the entire book but had it on my end table and would randomly open it and read a poem or two. My 3 year old LOVED it and would regularly hand it to me to read outloud for him. I checked this book out from the library after picking it off the shelf and reading a hilarious poem found there in(making out and farts- too funny!). I thought the entire book would be more like that so I was a little disappointed- but I did enjoy the classic love poems and some of the other stuff. Ther Okay, I never read the entire book but had it on my end table and would randomly open it and read a poem or two. My 3 year old LOVED it and would regularly hand it to me to read outloud for him. I checked this book out from the library after picking it off the shelf and reading a hilarious poem found there in(making out and farts- too funny!). I thought the entire book would be more like that so I was a little disappointed- but I did enjoy the classic love poems and some of the other stuff. There are additional notes on the sides of the pages that help explain word meanings, etc- I thought those could have been improved upon but found them occassionally helpful.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This collection was horrible and the editor's notes were trite and ridiculous. I was expecting some great poems that I had never read; instead, I got a lot of predictable ones...Shakespeare, Browning, blah blah blah. Hardly 5 poems in this group of 100 worth reading and all of the editor's "deep thoughts" are best skipped over entirely. Ugh This collection was horrible and the editor's notes were trite and ridiculous. I was expecting some great poems that I had never read; instead, I got a lot of predictable ones...Shakespeare, Browning, blah blah blah. Hardly 5 poems in this group of 100 worth reading and all of the editor's "deep thoughts" are best skipped over entirely. Ugh

  6. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Perfect for Valentine's Day...just re-read "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot and was inspired! Perfect for Valentine's Day...just re-read "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot and was inspired!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    I love poetry so I really enjoyed this book of love poetry.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen Ng

    Don't waste your time or money. Don't waste your time or money.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Y

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Lazar

    The cover of the book is so stereotypical and corny. It says on the cover, "100 Passionate Poems to Stir the Heart." Not my favorite book of poetry. The cover of the book is so stereotypical and corny. It says on the cover, "100 Passionate Poems to Stir the Heart." Not my favorite book of poetry.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    A fine collection of love poetry both classic and modern. Helpful explications and notes on the poets.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I liked this better than I like most poetry collections because the editor took a lot of effort into explaining why he chose each selection. Still, not a huge poetry fan.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wes Young

    A little bit cookie-cutter, as far as love poems go, but I'm afraid this book lost me fairly early on when it quoted Common rap lyrics as a love poem. A little bit cookie-cutter, as far as love poems go, but I'm afraid this book lost me fairly early on when it quoted Common rap lyrics as a love poem.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    The title doesn't lie - these poems are fun to read out loud, and compromise a variety of styles and eras. I found this to be an entertaining book. The title doesn't lie - these poems are fun to read out loud, and compromise a variety of styles and eras. I found this to be an entertaining book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hillary Lucas

    It is full of good poetry about love and is separated into different category, chapter groups that are good if you're interested in poems about different stages of relationships. It is full of good poetry about love and is separated into different category, chapter groups that are good if you're interested in poems about different stages of relationships.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michi

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cindy III

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy Hartman

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brian Wasserman

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julie Gillett

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dorene Weltzin

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tara

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michele

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jason Pawlak

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kari Mathias

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jake

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dana

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