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Thursday Give Away

Since my author copies of The Garden Intrigue paperback just arrived in the mail this week, this week’s Thursday Give Away will be the brand new, hot off the presses, paperback edition of The Garden Intrigue. (Coming to a bookstore near you on December 31st!)

Here’s the official blurb:

Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation novels have been called “fun [and] fresh” (Kirkus Reviews) and “clever and playful ” (Detroit Free Press). Now she introduces readers to a mismatched pair who find passion in the most astonishing of places…

Secret agent Augustus Whittlesby has spent a decade undercover in France, posing as an insufferably bad poet. The French surveillance officers can’t bear to read his work closely enough to recognize the information drowned in a sea of verbiage.

New York-born Emma Morris Delagardie is a thorn in Augustus’s side. An old school friend of Napoleon’s stepdaughter, she came to France with her uncle, eloped with a Frenchman, and has been rattling around the salons of Paris ever since. Now widowed, she entertains herself by holding a weekly salon, and loudly critiquing Augustus’s poetry.

As Napoleon pursues his plans for the invasion of England, Whittlesby hears of a top-secret device to be demonstrated at a house party. The catch? The only way in is with Emma, who has been asked to write a masque for the weekend’s entertainment. In this complicated masque within a masque, nothing goes quite as scripted— especially Augustus’s unexpected feelings for Emma.

So, for a copy of The Garden Intrigue, here’s your question:

Who is your favorite poet? (Or your favorite poem.)

I tend to dither between John Donne and Yeats, depending on my mood of the moment.

Two winners will be chosen to receive signed copies of paperback Garden Intrigue. Winners to be announced on Saturday.


  1. Amanda on December 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    “Mariana” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. I love a mood poem. But I also get into my kids’ AA Milne.

    • Lauren on December 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Amanda, talk about your coincidences– in the chapter I’m writing today for my new Victorian-set book, “Mariana” is a huge plot point.

  2. Tiffany on December 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I love Dylan Thomas. “Do not go gentle into that good night” has long been a memorized favorite and I often quote it to myself 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Ellen Wood on December 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    My favorite poet is my daughter Elizabeth. She has an insight and ability to express herself so wonderfully through her written word!

    • Laura on December 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      My absolute favorite is “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe

  4. Sarah on December 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    WB Yeats, Cloths of Heaven.

  5. Ashley on December 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Shel Silverstein

  6. MelissaW on December 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Tied between:

    “Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson and “Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti

    • Lauren on December 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Melissa, “Goblin Market” is the favorite poem of my historical heroine in “Ashford Affair”. (I love the “clucking and clacking, mopping and mowing”!)

  7. Jane B on December 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I can barely pick a favorite poet, never mind narrowing it down to one poem! I’ll go with Shakespeare, since I’ve memorized more of his poems than any other single author.

  8. Jan on December 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I love The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost……

  9. Kari on December 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Mary Oliver – wonderful poems about nature.

  10. Céline on December 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    It seems my answer wasn’t published… Maybe it was too long, or it went into the spams! I was quoting a French poem by Louise Labé, a French poet from the 16th century, Je vis, je meurs, so maybe the checker didn’t like French poetry! lol!

  11. Alexandra on December 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Definitely ‘The Lady of Shalott’ by Lord Tennyson. I have a huge Arthurian obsession …

  12. Tamara Pickerel on December 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    my sisters and I would read out of a poem book my mother had. Our favorite was “The Mistletoe Bough” by Thomas Haynes Bayly.
    Very good it spoke to our sense of romantic drama!

  13. Jorie on December 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein has always touched me dearly! I discovered his books of poems as a child, but they have stand with me! The collections within A Light in the Attic always made me pause for thought or give out a chuckle of glee!

  14. Jacqueline on December 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I concur with the others on Shel Silverstein. I was given his books as a child and still find myself flipping through between books for a quick read.

  15. Holly on December 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden

  16. Rachel on December 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    My favorite poem (well, one of them anyway) is “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning. I remember reading it in multiple classes over the course of my college years and it has always stuck in my head. I don’t remember anyone else in my classes actually enjoying it, but I did!

  17. Marissa on December 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    e.e. cummings i thank You God for this most amazing

  18. Gina on December 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Emily Dickinson fascinates me. Also T. S. Eliot.

  19. Jacki on December 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Anything by Edna St. Vincent Millay or Wallace Stevens’ Sunday Morning.

  20. Courtney F. on December 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I’m a fan of G. K. Chesterton, myself. His prose is his best work, but his poems are very enjoyable, too.

  21. Meredith A on December 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    There is something about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that makes me smile, especially A Psalm of Life.

  22. Shannon Howell on December 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I’m going to share about your giveaways on my site


  23. Abby on December 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    John Keats or Yeats- maybe there’s something in the names?

  24. Julie H on December 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I always rather liked Alexander Pope’s “Eloisa to Abelard” and “Rape of the Lock”.
    Also, I second the choices above of Emily Dickinson’s “Hope is the thing with feathers” and Poe’s “Annabelle Lee”.

  25. Nicole N on December 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    My favorite poet is Thomas Moore, especially “Those Endearing Young Charms.”

  26. Shannon Howell on December 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Sorry that took so long… I had a “technical problem” (and then I had to collect a small child at a bus stop).

    It should be up now.

  27. Kayleigh Hines on December 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I have a tie between “The Rape of the Lock” by Alexander Pope and “The Flea” by John Donne.

  28. Ashley on December 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Either Pablo Neruda or e e cummings, depending on my mood!

  29. Sarah on December 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of poetry, (I try, I just haven’t been exposed to much!) but I’ve found Sylvia Plath tragic, so I have a strange soft spot for her.

  30. Tara O'Donnell on December 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    One of my all time favorites is Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan” and not just because of the Xanadu reference:)

  31. Elizabeth (aka Miss Eliza) on December 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Can Shakespeare count as a poet, because his Sonnets, wow.

  32. Ashley on December 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I haven’t read much poetry since school but I do remember liking Emily Dickinson…probably because they rhyme!

  33. Cyn209 on December 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Dr Seuss!!!!!!

  34. Celeste on December 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I have two favorite poets and way too many poems to pick one. WH Auden moves me, but I also love the simple lyricism of Robert Frost.

  35. Nancy on December 6, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Definitely Robert Frost and The Night Before Christmas…for the sheer memory factor.

  36. Krystal on December 6, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Anything by Poe, really. And I love “Ode:
    Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood” by WIlliam Wordsworth. Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Krystal on December 6, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Anything by Poe, really. And I love William Wordsworth’s “Ode:
    Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.” Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Erika on December 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Edna St. Vincent Millay – I discovered her in high school and never stopped loving her poetry.

  39. Lissette Martinez on December 6, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I love “Continuities” from Walt Whitman

    “Nothing is ever really lost, or can be lost, No birth, identity, form, no object of the world. Nor life, nor force, nor any visible thing; Appearance must not foil, nor shifted sphere confuse thy brain. Ample are time and space–ample the fields of Nature. The body, sluggish, aged, cold–the embers left from earlier fires, The light in the eye grown dim, shall duly flame again; The sun now low in the west rises for mornings and for noons continual; To frozen clods ever the spring’s invisible law returns, With grass and flowers and summer fruits and corn.

    I saw it in The Notebook movie and I adore it!
    Thank you so much!!

  40. Stephanie Langer on December 6, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Tennyson…specifically “The Lady of Shalott”. It’s so pretty 🙂

  41. PAULINE COSTANTINO on December 6, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    My favorite, Maya Angelou and here’s one that should appeal to our favorite Romance writer.
    Impeccable Conception
    AI met a Lady Poet
    who took for inspiration
    colored birds, and whispered words,
    a lover’s hesitation.

    A falling leaf could stir her.
    A wilting, dying rose
    would make her write, both day and night,
    the most rewarding prose.

    She’d find a hidden meaning
    in every pair of pants,
    then hurry home to be alone
    and write about romance

  42. Susan Gorman on December 6, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese and A.A. Milne’s Winnie The Pooh collection.

  43. Lindsey on December 6, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    My absolute favourite poem is The Lady of Shalott, but Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

  44. Michelle Springer on December 6, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I’m also not the biggest poetry fan… but Shel Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends” will always be a favorite. And I love Shakespeare’s sonnets as well.

  45. bn100 on December 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Congrats! Lord Byron

  46. Lauren on December 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    I have been a sucker for e.e. Cummings since I was in undergrad.

    “I like my body when it is with your body.”

    “thy fingers make early flowers of all things.”

    He makes me laugh and cry and sing.

  47. Chanpreet on December 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    My favorite poem since I was in middle school til this day has got to be,”The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes. Although I have enjoyed and love poems by many other poets, this is the first poem I read that allowed me to image it fully and made me weep. Even when I read it today, I get teary eyed thinking of the love Bess had for her highwayman and the lengths she was willing to go to protect him. It’s like another version of O.Henry’s “Gift of the Magi”, another favorite, but without the happy ending.

  48. NikkiB on December 6, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allen Poe. What a combination…

  49. Jessica C on December 7, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Do lyrics count? I love the language of old hymns, they often read like poems. One of my very favourites is ‘Be Still My Soul’ – lyrics by Katharina A. Von Schlegel. Beautiful, sad and uplifting all at the same time.

  50. Vanessa on December 7, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Edgar Allan Poe has always been one of my favorites and so has Emily Dickinson, both poet’s books have a permanent home on my nightstand! Annabel Lee by Poe and Hope is the thing with feathers by Dickinson are two of my favorite poems.

  51. Rachel Brown on December 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I love Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn”!

  52. Molly J on December 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Aurora Leigh!
    And anything by Emily Dickinson.

  53. Jackie on December 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    My favorite poet is Ella Wheeler Wilder. Her poem Solitude always resonates with me.

  54. Claire Patterson on December 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    My favourite poet is Stephane Mallarme. The meanings of his poems are tantalizing and always just out of reach. I learn something new about the poem (and myself) every time I read his poetry.

  55. Christy Krupa on December 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Edna St. Vincent Millay, but I also love Four Quartets and Prufrock by T.S. Eliot.

  56. Pat on December 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I like such a variety of poems and poets, it is hard to pick favorites. To be different I’ll say the poems in the Alice books by Lewis Carroll.

  57. SusanN on December 7, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Tennyson’s In Memoriam.

    But I also like Edna St. Vincent Millay (Well, I Have Lost You and Time Does Not Bring Relief) and Browning (My Last Duchess).

    My list looks a bit on the morbid side, doesn’t it? Good thing I didn’t throw in Plath or Dickinson. 🙂

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