Flavia, by Aleister Crowley

Noctivagant - brabikate.blogspot.fr
Noctivagant – brabikate.blogspot.fr

The eighth poem of Rosa Mundi, and other love-songs tells us that the beauty, the kisses and caresses of the loved Italian girl will not last, in the same way as night must soon end with sunrise. There is no salvation in an afterlife, so we must enjoy the pleasures of earthly life without delay, thus live the bliss of the short love night. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Vermeer’s Little Girl, by Adam Zagajewski

Johannes Vermeer - Meisje met de parel / Girl with a pearl earring
Johannes Vermeer – Meisje met de parel / Girl with a pearl earring (c.1665) – from Mauritshuis via Wikimedia Commons

Adam Zagajewski (born in 1945) is a famous Polish poet, essayist, novelist and translator. In his youth, he became well-known as one of the leading poets of the “Generation of ’68” or “New Wave” writers in Poland, and throughout the 1970’s and early 1980’s he supported through his writings the opposition to the Polish regime. Later he took some distance from politics and his writings assumed an increasingly philosophical and existential nature. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Le Panneau, by Oscar Wilde

Woman with little girl, Mankayen Garden
Woman with little girl, Mankayen Garden (c.1890)

Under the title “Fantaisies Décoratives,” Oscar Wilde published in Lady’s Pictorial, Christmas Number 1887, two poems: “Le Panneau” and “Les Ballons.” In a letter to the illustrator John Bernard Partridge, postmarked September 24, 1887, he wrote that the poem “Le Panneau” is “a suggestion for a design for a Japanese panel” and that “the girl under the rose tree is Japanese.” CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

One year of love and poetry

Dick Whittington - Dancing pupils, Southern California
Dick Whittington – Dancing pupils, Southern California (1926) – from historyinphotos.blogspot.fr

Possibly there are some readers who, every three days at 6 p.m. Paris time, visit this site in order to read a new post. Today they will find an unusual one, similar to another one that appeared exactly six months ago, as it is not devoted to presenting a writer or a poem.

Poets and Lovers is alive since one year. The database was created on March 17, 2019, then it got its domain name on the 20th. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Maid of Athens, ere we part, by George Gordon Byron

A.E. Chalon, H. T. Ryall, C. R. Cockerell - The Maid of Athens
Painted by A.E. Chalon, engraved by H. T. Ryall, from the picture taken at Athens in 1813 by C. R. Cockerell – The Maid of Athens (1848) – From The Poetical Works of Lord Byron

In 1809–10, the poet George Gordon Byron briefly resided in Athens. He fell in love with the 12 years old Teresa Makri (Τερέζα Μακρή), in whose mother’s house he lodged. In a letter to Henry Drury he said to be “dying for love of three Greek Girls at Athens,” “Teresa, Mariana, and Kattinka.” Before departing for Istanbul, he wrote for Teresa the poem “Maid of Athens, ere we part.” It was first published in Childe Harold in 1812. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Requiescat, Oscar Wilde’s tribute to his sister Isola

An envelope containing strands of Isola Wilde's hair, found among Oscar Wilde's possessions when he died
An envelope containing strands of Isola Wilde’s hair, found among Oscar Wilde’s possessions when he died – Photograph: Merlin Holland Picture Archive

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born on October 16, 1854 in Dublin, the second son of William Robert Wills Wilde, a famous otolaryngologist and ophthalmologist, and Jane Francesca Agnes Elgee, a poet and supporter of the Irish nationalist movement. His mother wanted a daughter, and as a toddler, Oscar was raised and clothed as a little girl. The feminine and intellectual way in which she educated him must have contributed to his sensitive and aesthetic temperament, quite opposed to that of his father. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Annie, by Aleister Crowley

Léon Perrault - Petite fille au bouquet de fleurs
Léon Jean Bazile Perrault – Petite fille au bouquet de fleurs (1896)

Rosa Mundi, and other love-songs is a collection of 28 numbered poems, first published in 1905. It starts with a very long poem, itself called “Rosa Mundi.” Poems numbered 4 to 13 are titled by names of girls. The most charming is the fourth, where a boy secretly offers three flowers to a girl, but in return she has only one secret flower to offer him. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

A magic Valentine with the little sweetheart

From imgur
From imgur (February 15, 2015)

I usually don’t care about Saint Valentine, and for me February 14 is just an ordinary day, like any other one. How boring these conventional stories about two adults, usually a man and a woman, who live in a couple and tell how much they love each other—do they really?

I always prefer unusual love stories. This one happened five years ago. On February 14, 2015, a single father brought his daughter aged six to restaurant and took well care of her. A couple gave him a little note warmly approving him and saying that they would pay the restaurant bill:

Hi there!

Sorry to spy but my husband & I saw you out with your little Date & were so impressed with what a great Dad you are.

From two Adults who grew up without dads, it’s so important to have a male role model at a young age.

Keep up the good work Dad!
Dinner is on us! 🙂

His comment:

As a single dad, I took my six year old daughter out to valentines dinner tonight when this happened. I wont lie, I teared up at the table. So, thank you random strangers. Thank you.

Yes, every little girl needs to be loved and cherished by a devoted and caring mature person.

Source: imgur, February 15, 2015.

Previously published on Agapeta, 2015/02/17. This story was also mentioned in Pigtails in Paint, March 3, 2015.