Show that special person what they truly mean to you by sending him or her the perfect love poem.
Poetry is the language of love. Through love poems, a writer can bare his soul, pour his heart out, and convey intimate feelings about a significant other.
The best romantic poems highlight the little things a boyfriend or girlfriend might do that make you happy—maybe it’s the way she looks at you with beautiful eyes, the way he laughs at your jokes, or the way she practically finishes your sentences.
Explore some of the best love poems ever written, included below, and consider giving one (or reading one aloud!) to your significant other to show that person how much you care. If you’re feeling brave, write one of your own!
- "Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare. This sonnet is one of the most famous romantic poems on the planet. In it, Shakespeare argues that his significant other is more beautiful than a summer’s day. Summer comes and goes, plus sometimes the sun is too hot or hides behind clouds. But his love’s beauty, on the other hand, will never fade, since he is immortalizing her in this poem, which can live on forever.
- "A Glimpse” by Walt Whitman. In this poem, Whitman expresses quiet contentment with his significant other amid a raucous scene around him. In a noisy bar filled with with workmen and drivers, the narrator and his love sit next to each other, hold hands and are “happy in being together, speaking little, perhaps not a word.”
- “Another Valentine” by Wendy Cope. Another Valentine focuses on longtime love between two older people. The narrator describes how celebrating Valentine’s Day can feel like a chore once you’ve been with a partner for years (“Today we are obliged to be romantic / And think of yet another valentine.”). But she ends the poem with less cynicism and more fondness. She points out that because “Our love is old and sure, not new and frantic / You know I am yours and I know you are mine.” In other words, older couples may make less of a fuss on Valentine’s Day (i.e. there may be fewer flowers and chocolates and less giddiness), but they possess more confidence and poise and less vulnerability than younger, newer couples.
- “Sonnet XVII” by Pablo Neruda. In this poem by Neruda, which is commonly used as a reading during wedding ceremonies, the narrator says that when you truly love someone, you don’t just love the person’s exterior in a superficial way—you love the person inside and out in a deep way (“in secret, between the shadow and the soul”). He also describes how helpless and out of control you feel when you fall in love (“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where…I love you because I know no other way”). Lastly, he depicts how love can make you feel like you and the other person have melded into one being (“so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, / so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.”).
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