Poem of the Week: “Love-songs, at once tender and informative” by Samuel Hoffenstein

Next up in poems of love gone wrong, an excerpt from Hoffenstein that shows how a word can change its meaning and connotation over the course of just a few lines.

Love-songs, at once tender and informative

Your little hands
Your little feet
Your little mouth –
Oh, God, how sweet!
Your little nose
Your little ears
Your eyes, that shed
Such little tears!
Your little voice
So soft and kind
Your little soul
Your little mind!

Samuel Hoffenstein was a Russian-born screenwriter and poet who made his living in sunny LA. He was a writer for The Wizard of Oz, Phantom of the Opera, and Dr. Jekkyl and Mr. Hyde. He passed away in 1947.

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