30 Beautiful Love Poems Begging to Be Shared

We're all heart eyes for these romantic verses.

30 Beautiful Love Poems Begging to Be Shared
30 Beautiful Love Poems Begging to Be Shared

Activate the radio at any given second, and likelihood is you may hear a love music. Within the pages of poetry books, a fixation on love is simply as prevalent. We people love love—and poets have spent centuries coming up with methods to specific all of its kinds in motion pictures, literature, and past.

If you happen to’re seeking a love poem for the particular person in your life (your husband, or spouse, maybe), your solely problem is quantity. There are just so many excellent choices, from well-known romantic poems you’ve got likely heard earlier than (suppose: the work of e.e. cummings) and beautiful trendy choices it’s possible you’ll not have (like “Poem to First Love” by Matthew Yeager).

And, since Valentine’s Day is across the nook, and coming up with the fitting words to fill a card or {couples} Instagram caption is an actual artwork kind, we have assembled among the sweetest stanzas and shorter quotes to help you specific your amour, whether or not for him, her, or anybody else you love. Under, discover a couple of of our favourite love poems about falling deeply, longterm relationships, unrequited love, transferring on, and more.

“Poem to First Love” by Matthew Yeager

This heartfelt poem explores the power of young love, and how “improbable” it is to encounter someone you love—and who loves you back. Especially for the first time.

“The More Loving One” by W. H. Auden

This poem is about love and pain—particularly how lonely unrequited feelings can be. Still, it has an optimistic slant that may help anyone suffering feel less alone. Ultimately, Auden says, he would choose to be the “more loving one.”

“Love Comes Quietly” by Robert Creeley

If you’re going to memorize any of these poems, start with “Love Comes Quietly.” This short poem is a testament to how love (in any form, romantic or otherwise) can reshape a life and make a person wonder how they ever managed alone.

“Love Sonnet XI” by Pablo Neruda

The action verb of this sonnet is not “I love,” so much as it is “I want.” The poem—one of many love sonnets the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was known for—conveys a deep sense of all-encompassing longing. No matter where the narrator goes, his mind is on the same thing.

“How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

This is one of the most famous short love poems in existence, showing that feelings felt in the 1800s are the same as the ones experienced now. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways,” Browning begins as she extolls the expressions and manifestations of her affection.

“A Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns

“A Red, Red Rose” by the Scottish poet Robert Burns is an appropriate choice for anyone in a long distance relationship, as it conveys a deep love and a promise to always return home.

“Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare

In what is one of the most well-known love poems of all time, Shakespeare pays his lover a wonderful compliment by comparing them to a beautiful summer day.

“Amoretti LXXV: One Day I Wrote her Name” by Edmund Spenser

The meaning of Edmund Spenser’s Elizabethan-era sonnet certainly endures today. It’s about preserving the legacy of love in writing. How meta!

“To My Dear Loving Husband,” by Anne Bradstreet

The narrator of this poem knows she has a good thing going on with her “dear and loving husband.” So good, in fact, that she’s thinking toward spending eternity with him. The poem confronts the end of their relationship with the hope that there is an afterlife for them to share together.

“When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats’s exploration of enduring love makes this one of the most famous love poems to date. The couple in this poem is together for the long haul, even as the rest of their lives (and their bodies) change: “One man loved the pilgrim soul in you / And loved the sorrows of your changing face.”

“[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]” by e.e. cummings

This is one of the most instantly recognizable love poems for a reason. It captures that feeling of being totally intertwined with another person: You feel responsible for their heart. Love, through e.e. cummings’ eyes, becomes a miracle, a secret of the universe.

“Come, and Be My Baby” by Maya Angelou

If your partner is facing hardship, this short love poem by legendary author Maya Angelou, provides a gentle reminder that you’ll always be there for them. It’s especially relevant to read during times of national turmoil: “The paper is full of every kind of blooming horror / And you sit wondering / what you’re gonna do. / I got it. / Come. And be my baby,” Angelou writes in one of her best quotes on love.

“Poem to an Unnameable Man” by Dorothea Lasky

“I was wiser too than you had expected / For I knew all along you were mine,” Dorothea Lasky writes in this epic poem, which uses cosmic imagery to describe a romantic love that is almost fated to occur—even when it catches people off guard.

“Lines Depicting Simple Happiness” by Peter Gizzi

“Lines Depicting Simple Happiness” is written as if the author is trying to chase happiness in words. It’s ineffable, it’s always out of reach—but at least he’s basking in its presence.

“Dear One Absent This Long While” by Lisa Olstein

Absence runs through this poem. It’s not only that the narrator misses her loved one—it’s that the birds do, and so do the trees. “Yours is the name the leaves chatter / at the edge of the unrabbited woods,” she writes. If you’re in a long distance relationship, this poem is for you.

“She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron

Byron’s famous poem is an ode to a woman who has stolen his heart.

“Variations on the Word Love” by Margaret Atwood

The dictionary definition of love fails to capture all of the word’s intricacies. Margaret Atwood’s poem shows the many meanings this four-letter word has for people, and how it often fails to express exactly what we want it to imply.

“[love is more thicker than forget]” by e.e. cummings

In this short poem, e.e. cummings parses the mysteries of love and points to the fact that there are so many he can’t express. Still, while he can’t name it, love is a force as big as the sky, the sea, and the world around us.

“I Love You” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“I Love You” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox is a proposal: How about we be this happy forever? “While the pale stars shine above, / And we’ll live our whole young lives away / In the joys of a living love,” the narrator says in the poem. We don’t know what comes next for the young couple, but this sure is a good foundation.

“Echo” by Carol Ann Duffy

There are love poems and then there are aftermath-of-love-poems. “Echo” by Carol Anne Duffy falls into the latter category. Though melancholy, this is a wonderful poem for anyone yearning for their loved one.

“I Loved You First: But Afterwards Your Love” by Christina Rossetti

Idyllic love poem alert! Christina Rosetti’s poem describes the beautiful feeling of “oneness” that occurs when a person reaches a sense of understanding—almost complete understanding—with another.

“Mad Girl’s Love Song” by Sylvia Plath

This modern poem may be most relatable when going through a breakup, as it’s about a struggle to come to terms with an unrequited love. The process is ongoing. Poems like this one help.

“I Am Not Yours” by Sara Teasdale

Not all love poems are about idyllic love. Some are about the longing for love. In “I Am Not Yours,” the poet describes her desire for the opposite kind of relationship than the lopsided one she’s in.

“To Be In Love” by Gwendolyn Brooks

Have you ever been in a relationship rollercoaster? Yeah, so has the great poet Gwendolyn Brooks—and she shares the wonderful highs and not-so-wonderful lows with us in this poem.

“For Keeps” by Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo, one of our favorite Native American authors, sets this love poem in the majesty of the outdoors. Though two individuals are quite small in the grand scheme of things, their love is also part of the grand scheme of things. Reading it, you can’t help but feel connected to the wide world.

“Poem I Wrote Sitting Across the Table From You” by Kevin Varrone

This short love poem serves as a wonderful way to let someone know you wouldn’t go anywhere without them. The title denotes a level of closeness that remains through the poem’s last line.

“Yours” by Daniel Hoffman

The narrator of “Yours” uses nature metaphors to illustrate how integral his love is to him. “Your love is the weather of my being / what is an island without the sea?”

“[Again and Again, Even Though We Know Love’s Landscape]” by Rainer Maria Rilke

This is an excellent love poem for an anniversary, because it tells the recipient that your love, though ordinary, is special—simply because it keeps going. The poem celebrates the everyday life two people share.

“Before You Came” by Faiz Ahmed Faiz

This poem explains how great love can change your whole perspective on even the most ordinary things. Faiz looks at the vast change before and after a special person came into his life. “Now everything is like my heart / a color at the edge of blood,” he writes.

“Heart to Heart” by Rita Dove

This modern poem uses cliches about love to better explain the emotions associated with falling deeply for someone.

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