Love through the ages

Graham Greene (1904-1991)

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Graham Greene (1904-1991)


reene was an author, playwright and literary critic. Much of his world aims to explore the moral and political issues of the period which at the time were considered ambivalent. Catholic religious themes are at the root of much his writing, although he objected to being known as a Catholic novelist. He is best known for his novels, The Power and the Glory and The End of the Affair.

The End of the Affair (1951)

I wrote at the start that this was a record of hate, and walking there beside Henry towards the evening glass of beer, I found the one prayer that seemed to serve the winter mood: O God, You've done enough, You've robbed me of enough, I'm too tired and old to learn to love, leave me alone forever."

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)


eruda was a Chilean writer and politician. Neruda’s style ranges from erotically charged love poems to historical epics and political manifestos. When the communist party fell in Chile, Neruda fled and lived in exile in Argentina for a number of years. He is best known for his collection of poems ‘Twenty Poems of Love and A Song of Despair’. In 1971 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
I Crave Your Mouth, Your Voice, Your Hair (1924)

Don't go far off, not even for a day, because --

because -- I don't know how to say it: a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.

Don't leave me, even for an hour, because

then the little drops of anguish will all run together,
the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift
into me, choking my lost heart.

Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve on the beach;

may your eyelids never flutter into the empty distance.
Don't leave me for a second, my dearest,

because in that moment you'll have gone so far

I'll wander mazily over all the earth, asking,
Will you come back? Will you leave me here, dying?

1950-1953 – Korean War

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