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Love Poems


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Renaissance poets were especially fond of expressing love in sonnets, most notably Shakespeare, who famously compared his love to a rose, a summer's day, perfume, snow, and various species of birds. Romantic era love poems have become some of the most enduring, and oft-repeated, poems ever written in English. Consider this Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem, the first line of which has become so well-known as to be considered the classic love poem cliché:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

How better to express one’s feelings of love and passion than through reading and sharing a poem? Here are a selection to choose from.

Traditional & Classic Love Poems

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun (Sonnet 130) by William Shakespeare
Wild Nights – Wild Nights! (249) by Emily Dickinson
No, Love Is Not Dead by Robert Desnos
To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell
The Buried Life by Matthew Arnold
Sonnets on Love XIII by Jean de Sponde
What Was Told, That by Jalalu'l-din Rumi
Two Loves by Lord Alfred Douglas
A Ditty by Sir Philip Sidney
Answer to a Child's Question by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Definition of Love by Andrew Marvell
She Walks in Beauty by George Gordon Byron
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe
Love's Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Look by Sara Teasdale
Song to Celia by Ben Jonson
Love by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Love in a Life by Robert Browning
A Birthday by Christina Rossetti
Meeting at Night by Robert Browning
To Anthea Who May Command Him Any Thing by Robert Herrick
Wooing Song by Giles Fletcher
Monna Innominata [I wish I could remember] by Christina Rossetti
Monna Innominata [I loved you first] by Christina Rossetti
Monna Innominata [I dream of you, to wake] by Christina Rossetti
Lovers' Infiniteness by John Donne
Love by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The White Rose by John Boyle O'Reilly
Let Us Live and Love (5) by Gaius Valerius Catullus
The Face of All the World (Sonnet 7) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
In a Boat by D. H. Lawrence

American Classics

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond by E. E. Cummings
Lullaby by W. H. Auden
A Line-storm Song by Robert Frost
A Negro Love Song by Paul Laurence Dunbar
It's all I have to bring today (26) by Emily Dickinson
I Love You by Sara Teasdale
The Forms of Love by George Oppen
Who Shall Doubt by George Oppen
June Light by Richard Wilbur
True Love by Robert Penn Warren
When You are Old by W. B. Yeats
Blue by May Swenson
Rent by Jane Cooper
The Talking Back of Miss Valentine Jones: Poem # one by June Jordan
The Conjugation of the Paramecium by Muriel Rukeyser
The Hug by Thom Gunn

Contemporary Love Poems

To Dorothy by Marvin Bell
The Kiss by Stephen Dunn
San Antonio by Naomi Shihab Nye
It Was Raining In Delft by Peter Gizzi
When a Woman Loves a Man by David Lehman
Long Distance II by Tony Harrison
Epithalamium by Matthew Rohrer
Credo by Matthew Rohrer
syntax by Maureen N. McLane

Elsewhere Online

"Instead of a Love Poem" by Yehuda Amichai
"In Defense of Our Overgrown Garden" by Matthea Harvey
"I Crave Your Mouth, Your Voice, Your Hair" by Pablo Neruda
"Morning" by Frank O'Hara
"Love Song" by Rainer Maria Rilke
"He is more than a hero" by Sappho
"On the Road Home" by Wallace Stevens
"Some Trees" by John Ashbery

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