Amelia Opie

(12 November 1769 – 2 December 1853 / Norwich)

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Secret Love


Not one kind look....one friendly word!
Wilt thou in chilling silence sit;
Nor through the social hour afford
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  • * Sunprincess * (5/27/2014 10:53:00 AM)

    ................love should never be kept secret....cause the one you love may have the same feelings for you....if kept secret and love was never embraced....then it would be a tragedy... (Report) Reply

  • Francis Lynch (4/4/2014 10:44:00 PM)

    Hmm. Sounds like he bonked her then left her. Nasty business, and not very empowering. It may even rank with teenage angst. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Vaughan Jones (4/4/2014 10:13:00 AM)

    A poem carried forward from 400 years ago. What a place the world must have been for women in those far off days. No matter how they felt, they could not utter a word. When love was thrust upon them, they more or less had to accept providing Papa gave his consent. Yet she expresses herself with a gentle humour and a charming turn of phrase. I hope you lady poets are reading out there. Let's have no more of this Hey Lad. Do you want a girl frend (Report) Reply

  • Mel Merrill (4/4/2014 2:56:00 AM)

    I liked it. I applaud your brave use of rhyme and the scholarly way you employ it. (Report) Reply

  • Carlos Echeverria (4/4/2012 10:58:00 AM)

    Unbridled passion thwarted by ambition; in this modern age-the roles are inverted. Would a man be brave enough to share his secret love? (Report) Reply

  • Juan Olivarez (4/4/2011 8:26:00 AM)

    Excellent poetry, the lamentation of a scorned lover, scorned for a career not another woman, the cruelest blow of all. The pleading of a lover for a bit of attention, and being completely overlooked. Amelie Opie was an excellent poetess. (Report) Reply

  • quercus : I've never got paid for my hits... (4/4/2010 7:08:00 AM)

    Thank you for sharing this awesome write - it's inspired me to add my own ending to the story:

    And aught of life I dare to define
    as envy’s suffocating fumes,
    conspiracy that’s crossed the line
    to pave the path to many tombs…

    But I am fine and choose to be
    to breathe in the air of the truth…
    To love and live means to be free
    and swap weary lines for eternal youth… (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (4/4/2010 3:18:00 AM)

    Beautifully written poem about a lady's deep love for his counter part's success to fame and the sacrifice she is ready to undergo! This is the mark of real love in life! (Report) Reply

  • Ripper Moore (4/4/2008 1:59:00 PM)

    Delightful! Beautiful! So sad! To how many dumb sufferers has Ms. Opie given voice? A poet's (or songwriter's, or playwright's) genius lies in giving expression to life's experience, so that the listener may say 'Yes! That is me! How well am I understood! ' Or possibly 'Oh! Now I comprehend how that person felt! ' I am humbled by this poem's insight, so eloquently expressed. (Report) Reply

  • June Smithster (4/4/2006 11:17:00 AM)

    this poem is longer than any thing I have written
    but that is no problem
    I am struggling Poet
    starving artist
    maybe someday you will make me Poet for a day (Report) Reply

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