Syntax

I want to call you thou, the sound
of the shape of the start
of a kiss - like this - thou -
and to say, after, I love,
thou, I love, thou I love, not
I love you.

Because I so do -
as we say now - I want to say
thee, I adore, I adore thee
and to know in my lips
the syntax of love resides,
and to gaze in thine eyes.

Love's language starts, stops, starts;
the right words flowing or clotting in the heart.


From Rapture (Picador, 2005), © Carol Ann Duffy 2005, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

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1You

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2Text

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3Name

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4Forest

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5River

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6Haworth

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7Hour

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8Swing

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9Rain

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10Absence

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11If I Was Dead

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12World

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13Hand

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14Rapture

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15Elegy

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16Row

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17Cuba

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18Tea

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19Betrothal

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20Bridgewater Hill

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21The Lovers

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22Fall

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23Ship

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24Love

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25Give

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26Quickdraw

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27Finding the Words

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28December

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29Grace

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30New Year

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31Chinatown

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32Wintering

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33Spring

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34Answer

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35Treasure

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36Presents

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37Write

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38Venus

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39Whatever

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40Midsummer Night

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41Grief

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42Ithaca

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43Land

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44Night Marriage

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45Syntax

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46Snow

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47Your Move

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48Epiphany

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49The Love Poem

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50Art

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51Unloving

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52Over

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