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    Carol Ann Duffy - Syntax

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    Carol Ann Duffy reads her poem Syntax

    Syntax
    by Carol Ann Duffy (1955-)

    I want to call you thou, the sound
    of the shape of the start
    of a kiss — like this, thou —
    and to say, after, I love,
    thou, I love, thou I love, not
    I love you.

    Because I so do —
    as we say now — I want to say
    thee, I adore, I adore thee,
    and to know in my lips
    the syntax of love resides,
    and to gaze in thine eyes.

    Love's language starts, stops, starts;
    the right words flowing or clotting in the heart.