Robert Graves: Classical Scholar and Poet


Today's the birthday of Robert Graves.

He wrote historical novels and poetic staves.

Read "I, Claudius" for its narrative art.

Read "Symptoms of Love" for a tender heart.*


*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 a searching look.


Take courage, lover!

Could you endure such pain

At any hand but hers?



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  • Mr. Graves poem is melodramatic, I remember those days.

    Eventually one wakes to a higher sense of themselves, and realizes their dating the wrong kind of woman.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Perhaps, the speaker in the poem does too. What is love without a little melodrama anyway?

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