You Smiled, You Spoke, and I Believed

By Walter Savage Landor 1775–1864
You smiled, you spoke, and I believed,
By every word and smile deceived.
Another man would hope no more;
Nor hope I what I hoped before:
But let not this last wish be vain;
Deceive, deceive me once again!

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Poet Walter Savage Landor 1775–1864

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Relationships, Love, Infatuation & Crushes, Unrequited Love, Break-ups & Vexed Love

Poetic Terms Epigram, Couplet

 Walter Savage Landor

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As a poet, Walter Savage Landor has enjoyed a permanent minority reputation for the classicism of his epigrams and idyls. He was a seriously emulative classicist and wrote a significant proportion of his poetry in Latin, which was also the original language of some of the long and short poems that he published in English. Indeed, he was deterred from making it his chief medium only by the example of John Milton and the advice of . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Infatuation & Crushes, Unrequited Love, Break-ups & Vexed Love

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Epigram, Couplet

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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