Poets and Wedding Planning

As I may or may not have mentioned in an earlier entry, I’m getting married August 1st (Yay me!). There has been much planning and hard work put into the event thus far and I’m sure it will be wonderful.

One thing that my fiancee and I have decided to do is to place certain pertinent poetry quotes on each guest table as a way of commenting on the act of marriage and love in general. We also want to have readings of two poems instead of bible verses at the ceremony (though raised in protestant faiths, neither my fiancee or I have a desire to involve God, god, or g-d in the wedding). Christian belief doesn’t really figure into our lives much, if at all, myself ascribing to a more personal/individual spiritual system. Having read quite a bit of poetry we both figure choosing selections wouldn’t be the hard part, but when it comes down to it choosing which quotations to use aren’t always the easiest.

One that we are both sure of is “i carry your heart with me” by E. E. Cummings. This poem will be one of the two read at the ceremony, but we also want to include a selection from it on one of the tables. I like the first three lines of “On the Breakwater” by Carl Sandburg as well. I’ve chosen “Is It For Now Or For Always” by Philip Larkin. This is a wonderful poem. In particular the last stanza:

Is it for now or for always,
The world hangs on a stalk?
Is it a trick or a trysting-place,
The woods we have found to walk?

Is it a mirage or miracle,
Your lips that lift at mine:
And the suns like a juggler’s juggling-balls,
Are they a sham or a sign?

Shine out, my sudden angel,
Break fear with breast and brow,
I take you now and for always,
For always is always now.

I’m considering this one as one of the two readings as well. So far we’ve also looked at poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Pablo Neruda. Our aim is to decide on the poems and get to work on organizing a display for them as soon as possible. We’ll see where this goes.

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