Tag Archives: Valentine’s Day Gifts

Literagram#24: Walt Whitman’s To A Stranger

Walt Whitman

a transcendental spin on the phrase “estranged lovers”… Literagram#24: Walt Whitman’s To A Stranger I have somewhere surely Lived a life of joy with you, All is recall’d as we flit by each other, Fluid, affectionate, chaste, matured, You grew up with me, Were a boy with me or a girl with me, I ate […]

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Valentine’s DIY Project

Valentine's Day Gift Book Set with DIY Book Jackets

I’ve always said books make great gifts for any occasion as there is a book for everyone and the act of choosing and giving a book can be very personal.  Valentine’s Day provides a wonderful occasion to give a book or a set of books to your Valentine.  I created this do-it-yourself project for our […]

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Literagram#23: Robert Frost’s The Silken Tent

Robert Frost

  today’s tents would make more stretched out similes…   Literagram#23: Robert Frost’s The Silken Tent She is as in a field a silken tent At midday when the sunny summer breeze Has dried the dew and all its ropes relent, So that in guys it gently sways at ease, And its supporting central cedar […]

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Literagram#22: William Shakespeare’s Those Lips That Love’s Own Hand Did Make

Shakespeare

  essential…   Literagram#22: William Shakespeare’s Those Lips That Love’s Own Hand Did Make Those lips that Love’s own hand did make Breathed forth the sound that said ‘I hate’ To me that languish’d for her sake; But when she saw my woeful state, Straight in her heart did mercy come, Chiding that tongue that […]

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Literagram#21: William Blake’s The Garden Of Love

William Blake

great variety in the garden of love… Literagram#21: William Blake’s The Garden Of Love Love seeketh not Itself to please, Nor for itself hath any care; But for another gives its ease, And builds a Heaven in Hells despair. So sang a little Clod of Clay, Trodden with the cattle’s feet; But a Pebble of […]

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Literagram#20: John Donne’s The Ecstacy

John Donne

  Emma Thompson plays a Donne scholar in one of my favorite films—Mike Nichols’ Wit…  Literagram#20: John Donne’s The Ecstacy WHERE, like a pillow on a bed, A pregnant bank swell’d up, to rest The violet’s reclining head, Sat we two, one another’s best.   Our hands were firmly cemented By a fast balm, which thence […]

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Literagram#19: Robert Graves’ Symptoms Of Love

Robert Graves

  grave advice… Literagram#19: Robert Graves’ Symptoms Of Love Love is universal migraine, A bright stain on the vision Blotting out reason. Symptoms of true love Are leanness, jealousy, Laggard dawns; Are omens and nightmares – Listening for a knock, Waiting for a sign: For a touch of her fingers In a darkened room, For […]

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Purple Bronte Set

I firmly believe that books make great gifts for any occasion and for every potential gift recipient, there is a book you can give them that they will love, even if they don’t like books!  Sorry if that was a bit of brain twister, but it’s true – if literary classics aren’t of interest, an […]

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Literagram#18: John Milton’s Methought I Saw My Late Espoused Saint

John Milton

the last line is, apparently, a reference to Milton’s myopia as much as a lament for his late wife… Literagram#18: John Milton’s Methought I Saw My Late Espoused Saint Methought I saw my late espoused saint Brought to me, like Alcestis from the grave, Whom Jove’s great son to her glad husband gave, Rescu’d from […]

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Literagram#17: e.e. cummings’ somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond

ee cummings

  cummings’ poem about the “shift” key…  Literagram#17: e.e. cummings’ somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond any experience, your eyes have their silence: in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me, or which i cannot touch because they are too near   your slightest look […]

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Literagram#16: John Keats’ O Love Me Truly

William Butler Yeats

  don’t get thee to a nunnery… Literagram#16: John Keats’ O Love Me Truly You say you love; but with a voice Chaster than a nun’s, who singeth The soft vespers to herself While the chime-bell ringeth— O love me truly! You say you love; but with a smile Cold as sunrise in September, As […]

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Literagram#15: Tennyson’s Marriage Morning

Alfred Lord Tennyson

  15 minus 5 is the nothing I got…    Literagram#15: Tennyson’s Marriage Morning Light, so low upon earth, You send a flash to the sun. Here is the golden close of love, All my wooing is done. Oh, the woods and the meadows, Woods where we hid from the wet, Stiles where we stay’d […]

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Literagram#14: Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Love’s Philosophy

Percy Bysshe Shelley

    amorous monism…   Literagram#14: Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Love’s Philosophy The fountains mingle with the river, And the rivers with the ocean; The winds of heaven mix forever With a sweet emotion; Nothing in the world is single; All things by a law divine In another’s being mingle– Why not I with thine? See, […]

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Literagram#13: Langston Hughes’ Love Song For Lucinda

Lanston Hughes

I could pass up a plum—good poem though… Literagram#13: Langston Hughes’ Love Song For Lucinda Love Is a ripe plum Growing on a purple tree. Taste it once And the spell of its enchantment Will never let you be. Love Is a bright star Glowing in far Southern skies. Look too hard And its burning […]

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Literagram#12: Christina Rosetti’s I Wish I Could Remember That First Day

Christina Rosetti

Our twelfth poet apparently called off a multi-year engagement upon her husband-to-be’s conversion from Anglicanism to Catholicism. That’s devotion… Literagram#12: Christina Rosetti’s I Wish I Could Remember That First Day I wish I could remember that first day,     First hour, first moment of your meeting me,     If bright or dim the season, it might […]

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Literagram#11: Petrarch’s Love Sonnets To Laura

Petrarch

Petrarch’s famous first sighting of the unrequited love of his life… Literagram#11: Petrarch’s Love Sonnets To Laura It was the day the sun’s ray had turned pale with pity for the suffering of his Maker when I was caught, and I put up no fight, my lady, for your lovely eyes had bound me.   It […]

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Literagram#10: Emerson’s Give All To Love

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Scrabble tip #10: ‘diadem’… Literagram#10: Emerson’s Give All To Love Give all to love; Obey thy heart; Friends, kindred, days, Estate, good fame, Plans, credit, and the muse; Nothing refuse. ‘Tis a brave master, Let it have scope, Follow it utterly, Hope beyond hope; High and more high, It dives into noon, With wing unspent, […]

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Literagram#9: Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Desire

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

writing desk…inkwell…quill…parchment paper…candle-wax…candle-wick…candle-flame?…flame?…pure flame… Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Desire Where true Love burns Desire is Love’s pure flame; It is the reflex of our earthly frame, That takes its meaning from the nobler part, And but translates the language of the heart.   To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve made some lovely new book sets. You can find […]

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Literagram#8: Dante’s Twenty-Fourth Sonnet from La Vita Nuova

Dante

Dante’s twenty-fourth gets new life as our eighth. Dante’s Twenty-Fourth Sonnet from La Vita Nuova I felt a stirring in my heart of a spirit of love which slept: and then I saw Love coming from afar so happy, that I scarcely recognised him, saying : ‘Now think only to honour me’: and he was […]

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Literagram#7: Elizabeth Akers Allen’s At Last

Elizabeth Askers Allen

The seventh shall be last… Elizabeth Akers Allen’s At Last At last, when all the summer shine That warmed life’s early hours is past, Your loving fingers seek for mine And hold them close—at last—at last! Not oft the robin comes to build Its nest upon the leafless bough By autumn robbed, by winter chilled,— […]

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Literagram#6: Thomas Moore’s Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Charms

Thomas Moore's Blush

An enduring Irish valentine… Thomas Moore’s Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Charms Believe me, if all those endearing young charms, Which I gaze on so fondly to-day, Were to change by to-morrow, and fleet in my arms, Live fairy-gifts fading away, Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art, Let thy loveliness fade […]

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Literagram#4: Sir Walter Scott’s An Hour With Thee

Sir Walter Scott

Lovely Literagram No. 4… Sir Walter Scott’s An Hour With Thee An hour with thee! When earliest day Dapples with gold the eastern gray, Oh, what can frame my mind to bear The toil and turmoil, cark and care, New griefs, which coming hours unfold, And sad remembrance of the old? One hour with thee. […]

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New Book Sets for Sale

Jane Austen Pink Leather Style Book Set

The Juniper Books team has been busy the past few weeks creating new products for sale in our online store.  After many years of doing custom work for private clients, interior designers, and others, we launched the  store at the end of 2011.  While the majority of our business is still custom projects including curated […]

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Literagram#3: Robert Burns’ A Red, Red Rose

Robert Burns

A rose by two different names probably really is more red. Robert Burns’  A Red, Red Rose O my Luve is like a red, red rose  That’s newly sprung in June; O my Luve is like the melody    That’s sweetly played in tune. So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,    So deep in luve am […]

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Literagram#2: George Herbert’s Love

George Herbert

Here’s the second in our series of poems about love. Remember reading this poem in a Simone Weil anthology, for which it was an epigraph. George Herbert’s Love   Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back, Guilty of dust and sin. But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack From my first entrance in, Drew nearer […]

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Literagram#1: Rilke’s Love Song

Rilke's Intense Love

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, which of course has us thinking about romantic reading material.  In order to share our passion for books and literature with our friends online, we’re initiating a new concept of virtual collection building—in this case, a collection of romantic poems inspired by our extensive library—that we’ll post […]

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