Love Peace Jesus International
by Diana Kanecki, Julian Wilson
The Love of Hope
by Diana Kanecki, Julien Wilson
by Pablo Neruda
Charged with sensuality and passion, Pablo Neruda’s love poems caused a scandal when published anonymously in 1952. In later editions, these verses became the most celebrated of the Noble Prize winner’s oeuvre, captivating readers with earthbound images that reveal in gentle lingering lines an erotic re-imagining of the world through the prism of a lover’s body: “today our bodies became vast, they grew to the edge of the world / and rolled melting / into a single drop / of wax or meteor….” Written on the paradisal island of Capri, where Neruda “took refuge” in the arms of his lover Matilde Urrutia,Love Poems embraces the seascapes around them, saturating the images of endless shores and waves with a new, yearning eroticism. This wonderful book collects Neruda’s most passionate verses.
99 Views Of Love/99 Miradores del amor-Haiku by/de Rafael Pimentel
by Rafael Pimentel
Sex, Love, and Friendship
by Alan Soble
by Yolanda van Ede
Testament of Love
by Thomas Usk, John Leyerle
Thomas Usk, a contemporary of Chaucer, was a figure of political and literary importance who became involved in the tempestuous politics of late fourteenth-century London. In 1384 he took part in John Northampton’s agitations against the mayor of London and was imprisoned. While in custody, he had an apparent conversion experience and wrote a detailed accusation against Northampton and his followers. Shortly thereafter, while still in custody, he wrote The Testament of Love, which contains an allegorical apologia for his change of heart, a meditation on the fickle nature of worldly fortune and an exploration of the relationship between grace and free will. Usk was eventually freed and briefly enjoyed the favour of King Richard II. However, he was arrested along with others of Richard’s party in December 1388 by order of the Lords Appellant. After a one-day trial, the Merciless Parliament convicted him of treason on 4 March 1388 and he was executed on the same day.
Thomas Usk’s Testament of Love is an interesting document that presents many challenges to the reader. While it has been over a hundred years since Walter Skeat’s edition of the text, there has been much recent scholarly activity in this area. Gary Shawver’s critical edition of Testament is based on John F. Leyerle’s work on the text, and reflects modern knowledge of the period, as well as containing new insights into the source of Usk’s material. As Usk’s work survives in only one witness, namely Thynne’s 1532 print edition, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer, Professor Shawver provides a text that is as faithful as possible to this witness in a form that modern readers and scholars of Chaucer’s works can understand.
Plato on Love
by Plato, C. D. C. Reeve
This collection features Plato’s writings on sex and love in the preeminent translations of Stanley Lombardo, Paul Woodruff and Alexander Nehamas, D. S. Hutchinson, and C. D. C. Reeve.
Reeve’s Introduction provides a wealth of historical information about Plato and Socrates, and the sexual norms of classical Athens. His introductory essay looks closely at the dialogues themselves and includes the following sections: Socrates and the Art of Love; Socrates and Athenian Paiderastia; Loving Socrates; Love and the Ascent to the Beautiful; The Art and Psychology of Love Explained; and Writing about Love.
“This is a fabulous collection….the translations of Plato’s dialogues are the best I’ve ever read. The introductions are very enlightening.” –Bruce Fink, Duquesne University