Ad­e­quate wed­ding po­ems

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK -

E.E. Cum­mings, “love is more thicker than for­get,” of­fers play­ful phras­ing and glee­ful op­ti­mism about love’s pow­ers. Wil­liam Shake­speare, “Son­net 116,” a clas­sic be­gin­ning “Let me not to the mar­riage of true minds,” un­der­scores love’s en­durance. Paul Lau­rence Dunbar, “In­vi­ta­tion to Love,” is an im­pas­sioned call for love to come and fill our lives with joy. Jane Hir­sh­field, “A Bless­ing for Wed­ding,” marks the spe­cial­ness of the day and wishes the cou­ple a happy fu­ture to­gether. Wal­lace Stevens, “Re-State­ment of Ro­mance,” is a moody and philo­soph­i­cal poem of love and night. Emily Dick­in­son, “Wild Nights — Wild Nights!” is short and sweet, with just the right amount of wild. C.D. Wright, “Ev­ery­thing Good Be­tween Men and Women,” is alive with the plea­sures of lan­guage and gives an un­var­nished pic­ture of love’s beau­ti­ful ev­ery­day­ness.

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