Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, EROS: 5, by HILDA DOOLITTLE

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EROS: 5, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah love is bitter and sweet
Last Line: Bitter as ash?
Alternate Author Name(s): H. D.; Aldington, Richard, Mrs.
Variant Title(s): Fragment Forty-three: 3
Subject(s): Bible; Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy

Ah love is bitter and sweet,
but which is more sweet
the bitterness of the sweetness,
none has spoken it.

Love is bitter,
but can salt taint sea-flowers,
grief, happiness?

Is it bitter to give back
love to your lover if he crave it?

Is it bitter to give back
love to your lover is he wish it
for a new favourite,
who can say,
or is it sweet?

Is it sweet to possess utterly,
or is it bitter,
bitter as ash?

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