poem index

Love Poems

How better to express one’s feelings of love and passion than through reading and sharing a poem? Here is a selection of the most popular love poems, along with the newly published.

Contemporary Love Poems

The new news is I love you my nudist...
by Sarah Arvio

In Our Late Empire, Love
drops from upper air...
by Malachi Black

In the dark we crush
Crab apples for the sound of it...
by Julia Cohen

Your Ardor
To dream of your ardor...
by Kathleen Ossip

Love in the Morning
Morning's a new bird...
by Annie Finch

The Wall Hanging I Never Noticed
I never noticed before how the red flowers...
by Dorothea Lasky

How to Love
After stepping into the world again...
by January Gill O'Neil

Love's Body
Love gives all its reasons...
by Jonathan Wells

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Love Poems for Her

by Daniel Hoffman
"Sonnet 8 [Set me where as the sun doth parch the green]"
by Petrarch
by Matthew Rohrer
"Love's Philosophy"
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
"poem I wrote sitting across the table from you"
by Kevin Varrone

Love Poems for Him

"To My Dear and Loving Husband"
by Anne Bradstreet
"How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)"
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Paul's Tattoo"
by Mark Doty
"from Paradise Lost"
by John Milton
"You Make Love Like the Last Snow Leopard"
by Paige Taggart

Classic Love Poems

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun (Sonnet 130) 
My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun
by William Shakespeare

Wild Nights – Wild Nights! (249) 
Wild Nights - Wild Nights!
by Emily Dickinson

To His Coy Mistress 
Had we but world enough, and time,
by Andrew Marvell

The Buried Life 
Light flows our war of mocking words, and yet,
by Matthew Arnold

What Was Told, That 
What was said to the rose that made it open was said
by Jalalu'l-din Rumi

The Definition of Love 
My Love is of a birth as rare
by Andrew Marvell

She Walks in Beauty 
She walks in beauty, like the night
by George Gordon Byron

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
Come live with me and be my love,
by Christopher Marlowe

The Look 
Strephon kissed me in the spring,
by Sara Teasdale

Song to Celia 
Drinke to me, onely, with thine eyes,
by Ben Jonson

We cannot live, except thus mutually
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Meeting at Night 
The gray sea and the long black land;
by Robert Browning

Monna Innominata [I wish I could remember] 
I wish I could remember that first day,
by Christina Rossetti

All thoughts, all passions, all delights,
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The White Rose 
The red rose whispers of passion,
by John Boyle O'Reilly

In a Boat 
See the stars, love,
by D. H. Lawrence

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Poetic Pairings

Woo your beloved by pairing the perfect poem with sweets, drink, and posies. The irresistible combination is sure to result in wobbly knees, a melting heart, and a very smitten sweetheart.

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Other Related Reading

Eros and the Lyric Imagination
by Marilyn Hacker

All My Poems Are Love Poems:
When Two Poets Fall in Love

Two Love Notes to Alice B. Toklas
from Gertrude Stein

A Love Letter to Peter Doyle 
from Walt Whitman