Call it Laura Syndrome. Probably a common enough condition among poets, especially when they’re very young. It’s one of the things that gives such particular ardor and keenness of emotion to lyric poetry, especially romantic or erotic lyric poetry.

I’ll be talking about the poet as a strictly male figure here, just so you know. Not that I’m not well aware that there are many, many women who have written poetry of the first (or nearly…