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Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Her lute hangs shadowed in the apple-tree, While flashing fingers weave the sweet-strung spell Between its chords; and as the wild notes swell, The sea-bird for those branches leaves the sea. — Dante Gabriel Rossetti, “A Sea-Spell (for a Picture),” composed in 1870 to accompany his painting A Sea-Spell (1875-7).

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George Gordon Byron

The poet meant, no doubt, and thus appeals       To the good sense and senses of mankind, The very thing which every body feels,       As all have found on trial, or may find, That no one likes to be disturb’d at meals       Or love. — I won’t say more about “entwined” Or “transport,”… Continue reading George Gordon Byron

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John Keats

But this is human life: the war, the deeds,  The disappointment, the anxiety, Imagination’s struggles, far and nigh, All human; bearing in themselves this good, That they are still the air, the subtle food, To make us feel existence, and to shew How quiet death is. — John Keats, from “Endymion,” 154 -160. (1884) The… Continue reading John Keats

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Charles Dickens

“I’ll tell you,” said she, in the same hurried passionate whisper, “what real love is. It is blind devotion, unquestioning self-humiliation, utter submission, trust and belief against yourself and against the whole world, giving up your whole heart and soul to the smiter–as I did!”― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations. (Chapman & Hall; Serialized 1860-1; book… Continue reading Charles Dickens

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