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This Is My Beloved de Walter Benton
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This Is My Beloved (edició 1949)

de Walter Benton (Autor)

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"Never before has the delight and wonder experienced in young love, in which is implicit physical discovery, been conveyed with such touching honesty or with rhapsody so involving unconscious pathos. Those who seek to drag any honest writing through the gutters of their own minds will do the same with this. Those who are not afraid of the strange miracle of life will understand this brave verse." --William Rose Benét… (més)
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Títol:This Is My Beloved
Autors:Walter Benton (Autor)
Informació:Knopf (1949), Edition: 34th Edition edition, 64 pages
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Another randomly selected book of poetry, an activity that doesn't always pay dividends, but this time it did.

This is the second book of poetry I've read this year with overt sexual content, the other being Kate Tempest's Running Upon the Wires. I wasn't so keen on Tempest's collection (the first of hers I've read and didn't immediately take to), but Benton's sexual reference seem softer, more tender and poetic, even when they are not hidden behind poetical allusion, which they often are. Luckily, I didn't read the back cover blurb, which bears a review by Louis Untermeyer, saying, "The imagery is senuous and exact, but no more graphic - or pornographic - than the images in the Song of Solomon", as the denial of pornographic content would have led me to suspect more explicit content than it actually contains and I'd have returned it to the shelf - the curse of reverse-psychology and contrianism! So, yes, sexual/sensual content; no, pornographic/prurient content.

The poems bring us into a the middle of a passionate relationship, revealed through meditations upon the lover's body using images of nature, the changing seasons and cityscapes, then through break-up and a wistful longing after the lover has gone and another (less satisfying?) partnership entered into.

I'd not heard of Benton before spotting this volume, though his Wikipedia entry says that This Is My Beloved was influential in its time, with several adaptations of it being set to music between the end of the 1940s and the late 1960s.

Not necessarily what I'd have picked for myself, which is why my ongoing experiment in poetical serendipty is worthwhile. ( )
  Michael.Rimmer | Oct 15, 2018 |
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shot into our blood and brain like vaccine or vitamins

Because our day is of time, of hours -- and the clock-hand turns,
closes the circle upon us:  and black timeless night
sucks us in like quicksand, receives us totally --
without a raincheck or a parachute, a key to heaven or the last long look

I need love more than ever now  . . .   I need your love,
I need love more than hope or money, wisdom or a drink

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Because love has your face and body  . . .   and your hands are tender
and your mouth is sweet -- and God has made no other eyes like yours.
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"Never before has the delight and wonder experienced in young love, in which is implicit physical discovery, been conveyed with such touching honesty or with rhapsody so involving unconscious pathos. Those who seek to drag any honest writing through the gutters of their own minds will do the same with this. Those who are not afraid of the strange miracle of life will understand this brave verse." --William Rose Benét

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