The Best Books for Poetic Seduction

shelved under Love & Romance and Poetry

These books are wonderful resources for the young swain (or swainette) looking for the words to impress and express with one's soul and passion. I believe that poetry communicates on a level beyond words and the proper (or improper in the best possible way) poem, at the right moment, can have a great influence on the heart and will of others, as the power of amomancy (the magic of words of love) does its purpose.


Sonnets From The Portugese

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Even if you think you know nothing about poetry, you know the opening line of one of these amazing love sonnets, written by the poet to her husband, Robert Browning (who was no slouch in the pentameter himself): "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."


The 100 Best Love Poems of All Time

by Leslie Pockell

A sterling collection that represents not only authors of various eras and cultures, including the majestic Rabindranath Tagore, Sappho and Pablo Neruda. It's sort of a Whitman's Sampler of Love Poems; there's bound to be something in here that suits your mood and fancy.


The Erotic Spirit: An Anthology of Poems of Sensuality, Love and Longing

by Sam Hamill

If you will, an even more eclectic collection of poems, pressing more towards the passionate and erotic. Read it cover to cover and see if your ability to speak of passion and desire with greater eloquence isn't enhanced.


Love Letters of Great Men

edited by John C. Kirkland

Although there is poetry fully realized within this, the focus is on the broader eloquence of the love letter, as we read the actual words penned by great and effective communicators as they express their passions.


The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz, 1957-1987: Bilingual Edition

by Octavio Paz, edited by Eliot Weinberger

While not necessarily as well known as Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz demonstrated all he ever needs to as a romantic poet with his line "the world is born when two people kiss." Many of the works in this bilingual volume are not strictly romantic, but even Aphrodite looks to the side from time to time.