Have you ever fallen in love or are still in it? Ever wanted to express your feelings but were never able to define them truly? If yes then these are famous love poems that you need to read or send to your lover and that person will definitely shed a tear or two.
We present some of the most magnificent pieces of love poetry written by the most revered poets of all time:
1. Sonnet 116 By Shakespeare
“Sonnet 116″ gives us a classic and heartwarming definition of love. It is described as everlasting and eternal; an emotion that may even outlive death. The sonnet appeared in Emma Thompson’s screenplay of the famous movie, “Sense and Sensibility.”
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
2. Valentine By Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Ann Duffy is a well-known name in the world of love poetry. She claimed that one of the most uphill tasks for a poet is to describe an emotion as sacred as love. In her poem “Valentine,” she explains the emotion in a manner that only few could replicate.
Not a red rose or a satin heart.
I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.
It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.
3. Bright Star By John Keats
John Keats was one of the most important figures of the second generation of romantic poets and was famous for his melancholic tone. Though he wrote his poetry in a short span of five years, his work got a lot of recognition after his death.
Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art–
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors–
No–yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever–or else swoon to death.
4. We Are Made One With What We Touch And See By Oscar Wilde
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish writer and poet. He earned most of his fame via plays and novels (the picture of Dorian Grey is one of his best works), but some of his poetry got recognized for the joyfulness and hope it depicted.
We shall be notes in that great Symphony
Whose cadence circles through the rhythmic spheres,
And all the live World’s throbbing heart shall be
One with our heart, the stealthy creeping years
Have lost their terrors now, we shall not die,
The Universe itself shall be our Immortality!
5. Love One Another By Khalil Gibran
Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese artist, writer, and poet. “Love One Another” is one of his 26 poems from his best-selling book, The Prophet. In the poem, Gibran not only describes what love meant to him, but also talks about individuality, and the need for a separate identity.
You were born together, and together you shall be forever more.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup, but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.