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What can we glean from love poems?
Our List of Fifteen Beautiful Love Poems
Following you will find our list of fifteen beautiful love poems that we have curated as some of the best and most romantic poems in existence. Please enjoy!
1. “Echo” by Carol Ann Duffy
I think I was searching for treasures or stonesin the clearest of poolswhen your face…
when your face,like the moon in a wellwhere I might wish…
might well wishfor the iced fire of your kiss;only on water my lips, where your face…
where your face was reflected, lovely,not really there when I turnedto look behind at the emptying air…
the emptying air.
2. “To The Desert” by Benjamin Alire Saenz
I came to you one rainless August night.You taught me how to live without the rain.You are thirst and thirst is all I know.You are sand, wind, sun, and burning sky,The hottest blue. You blow a breeze and brandYour breath into my mouth. You reach—then bendYour force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new.You wrap your name tight around my ribsAnd keep me warm. I was born for you.Above, below, by you, by you surrounded.I wake to you at dawn. Never break yourKnot. Reach, rise, blow, Sálvame, mi dios,Trágame, mi tierra. Salva, traga, Break me,I am bread. I will be the water for your thirst.
3. “Queen Anne’s Lace” by William Carlos Williams
Her body is not so white asanemone petals nor so smooth—norso remote a thing. It is a fieldof the wild carrot takingthefield by force; the grassdoes not raise above it.Here is no question of whiteness,white as can be, with a purple moleat the center of each flower.Each flower is a hand’s spanof her whiteness. Whereverhis hand has lain there isa tiny purple blossom under his touchto which the fibres of her beingstem one by one, each to its end,until the whole field is awhite desire, empty, a single stem,a cluster, flower by flower,a pious wish to whiteness gone over—or nothing.
4. “To You” by Kenneth Koch
I love you as a sheriff searches for a walnutThat will solve a murder case unsolved for yearsBecause the murderer left it in the snow beside a windowThrough which he saw her head, connecting withHer shoulders by a neck, and laid a redRoof in her heart. For this we live a thousand years;For this we love, and we live because we love, we are notInside a bottle, thank goodness! I love you as aKid searches for a goat; I am crazier than shirttailsIn the wind, when you’re near, a wind that blows fromThe big blue sea, so shiny so deep and so unlike us;I think I am bicycling across an Africa of green and white fieldsAlways, to be near you, even in my heartWhen I’m awake, which swims, and also I believe that youAre trustworthy as the sidewalk which leads me toThe place where I again think of you, a newHarmony of thoughts! I love you as the sunlight leads the prowOf a ship which sailsFrom Hartford to Miami, and I love youBest at dawn, when even before I am awake the sunReceives me in the questions which you always pose.
5. “A Love Song For Lucinda” by Langston Hughes
LoveIs a ripe plumGrowing on a purple tree.Taste it onceAnd the spell of its enchantmentWill never let you be.
LoveIs a bright starGlowing in far Southern skies.Look too hardAnd its burning flameWill always hurt your eyes.
LoveIs a high mountainStark in a windy sky.If youWould never lose your breathDo not climb too high.
6. “I Love You” by Carl Sandberg
I love you for what you are, but I love you yet more for what you are going to be.I love you not so much for your realities as for your ideals. I pray for your desires that they may be great, rather than for your satisfactions, which may be so hazardously little.A satisfied flower is one whose petals are about to fall. The most beautiful rose is one hardly more than a bud wherein the pangs and ecstasies of desire are working for a larger and finer growth. Not always shall you be what you are now. You are going forward toward something great. I am on the way with you and therefore I love you.
7. “Sonnet XLIII” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.I love thee to the depth and breadth and heightMy soul can reach, when feeling out of sightFor the ends of being and ideal grace.I love thee to the level of every day’sMost quiet need, by sun and candle-light.I love thee freely, as men strive for right;I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.I love thee with the passion put to useIn my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.I love thee with a love I seemed to loseWith my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,I shall but love thee better after death.
8. “Love Poem” by Audre Lorde
Speak earth and bless me with what is richestmake sky flow honey out of my hipsrigis mountainsspread over a valleycarved out by the mouth of rain.
And I knew when I entered her I washigh wind in her forests hollowfingers whispering soundhoney flowedfrom the split cupimpaled on a lance of tongueson the tips of her breasts on her naveland my breathhowling into her entrancesthrough lungs of pain.
Greedy as herring-gullsor a childI swing out over the earthover and overagain.
9. “Defeated By Love” by Rumi
The sky was lit
by the splendor of the moon
So powerfulI fell to the ground
Your lovehas made me sure
I am ready to forsakethis worldly lifeand surrenderto the magnificenceof your Being
10. “Desire” by Alice Walker
My desireis always the same; wherever Lifedeposits me:I want to stick my toe& soon my whole bodyinto the water.I want to shake out a fat broom& sweep dried leavesbruised blossomsdead insects& dust.I want to growsomething.It seems impossible that desirecan sometimes transform into devotion;but this has happened.And that is how I’ve survived:how the holeI carefully tendedin the garden of my heartgrew a heartto fill it.
11. “Mad Girl’s Love Song” by Sylvia Plath
“I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;I lift my lids and all is born again.(I think I made you up inside my head.)
The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,And arbitrary blackness gallops in:I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
I dreamed that you bewitched me into bedAnd sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.(I think I made you up inside my head.)
God topples from the sky, hell’s fires fade:Exit seraphim and Satan’s men:I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
I fancied you’d return the way you said,But I grow old and I forget your name.(I think I made you up inside my head.)
I should have loved a thunderbird instead;At least when spring comes they roar back again.I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.(I think I made you up inside my head.)”
12. “Love Is A Place” by E.E. Cummings
love is a place& through this place oflove move(with brightness of peace)all places
yes is a world& in this world ofyes live(skilfully curled)all worlds
13. “Married Love” by Kuan Tao-Sheng, translated by Kenneth Rexroth and Ling Chung
You and IHave so much love,That itBurns like a fire,In which we bake a lump of clayMolded into a figure of youAnd a figure of me.Then we take both of them,And break them into pieces,And mix the pieces with water,And mold again a figure of you,And a figure of me.I am in your clay.You are in my clay.In life we share a single quilt.In death we will share one bed.
14. “Love Is A Fire That Burns Unseen” by Luis Vaz Camoes, translated by Richard Zenith
Love is a fire that burns unseen,a wound that aches yet isn’t felt,an always discontent contentment,a pain that rages without hurting,
a longing for nothing but to long,a loneliness in the midst of people,a never feeling pleased when pleased,a passion that gains when lost in thought.
It’s being enslaved of your own free will;it’s counting your defeat a victory;it’s staying loyal to your killer.
But if it’s so self-contradictory,how can Love, when Love chooses,bring human hearts into sympathy?
15. “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron
She walks in Beauty, like the nightOf Cloudless climes and starry skies;And all that’s best of dark and brightmeet in her aspect and her eyes.
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