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The Unknown Eros   By: (1823-1896)

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The Unknown Eros by Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore is a collection of poetry that delves deep into the complexities of love, desire, and human emotions. Patmore's lyrical verses evoke powerful imagery and evoke a sense of longing and intensity.

The book is divided into three sections, with each section exploring different aspects of love. From the blissful joys of newfound love to the bittersweet taste of unrequited affection, Patmore lays bare the intricacies of the human heart. His words resonate with raw emotions, capturing the essence of both the heavenly and earthly forms of love.

One of the standout features of this collection is Patmore's ability to convey the profound truth about love. His verses effortlessly navigate through the various stages of a relationship, depicting both the euphoria and heartache that often accompany it. The reader is taken on a journey, experiencing the highs and lows of love in all its unpredictable glory.

Patmore's imagery is particularly striking. For instance, in the poem "The Sleeping Beauty," he compares the love between two individuals to a dormant princess awaiting the kiss of true love. This enchanting metaphor encapsulates the anticipation and hope that often saturate the early stages of a romantic connection.

Another remarkable aspect of The Unknown Eros is Patmore's profound understanding of the complexities of desire. He dissects the delicate balance between physical attraction and emotional intimacy, exploring how these two forces intertwine and shape our relationships. Through his writing, Patmore challenges societal norms surrounding love and urges readers to delve deeper into their own desires.

However, the book is not without its flaws. Some readers may find Patmore's language and style a bit dense and archaic, making it slightly challenging to fully grasp the intended meaning behind his words. Additionally, the book might feel a bit repetitive at times, with similar themes and motifs appearing throughout the collection.

Nonetheless, The Unknown Eros is a captivating exploration of love and desire. Patmore's ability to capture the essence of human emotions through exquisite imagery and introspective verses is commendable. This collection is a must-read for anyone seeking a profound and thought-provoking examination of the intricacies of love.

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This eBook was produced by Les Bowler, St. Ives, Dorset.

THE UNKNOWN EROS by Coventry Patmore.


To this edition of "The Unknown Eros" are added all the other poems I have written, in what I venture because it has no other name to call "catalectic verse." Nearly all English metres owe their existence as metres to "catalexis," or pause, for the time of one or more feet, and, as a rule, the position and amount of catalexis are fixed. But the verse in which this volume is written is catalectic par excellence, employing the pause (as it does the rhyme) with freedom only limited by the exigencies of poetic passion. From the time of Drummond of Hawthornden to our own, some of the noblest flights of English poetry have been taken on the wings of this verse; but with ordinary readers it has been more or less discredited by the far greater number of abortive efforts, on the part sometimes of considerable poets, to adapt it to purposes with which it has no expressional correspondence; or to vary it by rhythmical movements which are destructive of its character.

Some persons, unlearned in the subject of metre, have objected to this kind of verse that it is "lawless." But it has its laws as truly as any other. In its highest order, the lyric or "ode," it is a tetrameter, the line having the time of eight iambics... Continue reading book >>

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