What is an appropriate modern love poem for a reading at a wedding?
May 14, 2007 2:40 PM Subscribe
I've been asked to give a reading at a friend's wedding, so I'm looking for a poem that would be appropriate. Ideally, it should be modern (written after 1900) and sweet, but not sexual, religious, schmaltzy, or emetic. Most suggestions online are variations of Maya Angelou's "Touched By An Angel". I found the previous two
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posted by painquale to Writing & Language (20 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
I very much like Anne Sexton, Wislawa Szymborska, and Czeslaw Milosz, but their work doesn't seem suitable. Still, bonus points if it's by one of them!
Also, a side question. Most love poems address the beloved directly. When I give the reading, I don't want to sound like I'm pining after the bride, but it seems like it's standard to present these sorts of poems anyway. Is that right?