Happy Valentine’s Day, Book Lovers!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Book Lovers!

Last night at Polis we had a lively class on two love poems by William Carlos Williams (accompanied by a delicious selection of dessert beers from our friends at Healthy Spirits beer store).  In a nod to Valentine’s Day, our class was co-lead by two “scholars in love”.  At the start of the class Anton and Inga shared with the group that they read the William Carlos Williams poem “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower” at their wedding ceremony. The group of 13 students jumped into analyzing and discussing that poem as well as “The Ivy Crown“.  Class participants grappled with topics ranging from forgiveness and love, old love vs. young love, and male pronouncements of love vs. those of women. Together, we looked to the poems to help us to better understand the various textures and shapes that love can take in a lifetime.

Last night, a student shared with the group:

I am here in class tonight because I want to know how to better read and understand poetry. I also want to know how to better understand love!”.

In “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower“, William Carlos Williams wrote :

I have learned much in my life from books and out of them about love.”

Books can provide us with examples of how to live in love. They also provide us with many examples of love gone bad!

On this Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share a brief and whimsical list of books, writings, and resources on the notion of love.

Enjoy (and eat some chocolate today— you deserve it!)

On Love…

From our friends at Brainpickings: “Modern Love: History’s Most Beautiful and Timelessly Bewitching LGBTQ Love Letters”

 And “Why We Love Books: 5 Books on The Psychology of Love

Check out this hilarious (and informative!) blog about an intimate life lived with books: Books Are My Boyfriends

The San Francisco Public Library has a terrific blog dedicated exclusively to the main library’s 6th Floor (the SF History Center). The Valentine’s edition of  the blog features an incredible photo from the archives. Check it out!

The Telegraph has a wonderful article in today’s paper titled, “Valentine’s Day Poems” in case you are in need for a last minutes poem for your loved one.




Time Magazine names it’s Top Ten Romantic Books of All Time



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