If my lover were a comet
Hung in air,
I would braid my leaping body
In his hair.
Yea, if they buried him ten leagues
Beneath the loam,
My fingers they would learn to dig
And I’d plunge home!
On Valentine’s Day, people seek the perfect way to express their love and affection: flowers, chocolates, cards, etc. What better way to express the passion, tenderness, or heartbreak of a relationship than through poetry? Browse these poems for Valentine’s Day, and find more classic and contemporary love poems, erotic poems, and poems about heartbreak and friendship, as well as book recommendations, essays, poem pairings, poets’ love letters, and more on our love poems page.
|1886||The White Rose||John Boyle O'Reilly|
|1881||Monna Innominata [I wish I could remember]||Christina Rossetti|
|1875||Corinna Confesses||Laura Redden Searing|
|1870||Love||Elizabeth Barrett Browning|
|1861||Wild Nights—Wild Nights! (249)||Emily Dickinson|
|1850||How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)||Elizabeth Barrett Browning|
|2016||Eros||Ralph Waldo Emerson|
|1845||Meeting at Night||Robert Browning|
|1819||Love's Philosophy||Percy Bysshe Shelley|
|1815||She Walks in Beauty||George Gordon Byron|