39+ Love Poems That Are [Undeniably] Share-Worthy

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Silas & Grace

A love poem by William Shakespeare.

Love poems are kind of amazing.

I mean, there are multiple ways you can enjoy them

  • You might be in a romantic kind of mood and feel like reading some poems about love with a hot cup of coffee or tea. ☕️
  • You have someone that you legit really love and you want them to feel special (good on you 👍).
  • You have a friend who also loves poetry, and so it’s an obvious share.
  • You might want to culture yourself by getting into specific poem genres.
  • And lastly, if you’re really a romantic, you might want to find a few and save them for when you’re in love.

So essentially, whatever your reason is for looking for some good love poems, I hope you enjoy the ones down below!

I read through them and made sure they were actually share AND read-worthy for you. 👍


Related: 55 Poems About Friendship (for MAX Closeness) 📖


 

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40 Poems About Love

While many of these love poems will be about romantic love, I know that there are so many different kinds of love out there, like the love between friends. So whatever kind of love is at the top of your mind and your heart, I’ve got you covered.

From famous poems to lesser-known poets, I think you’ll enjoy this love poetry.

1. “How Do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The love poem, “How Do I Love Thee,” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of being and ideal grace.

I love thee to the level of every day’s

Most 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 use

In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

With 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.”


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2. [“love is more thicker than forget”] by E.E. Cummings

“love is more thicker than forget

more thinner than recall

more seldom than a wave is wet

more frequent than to fail

it is most mad and moonly

and less it shall unbe

than all the sea which only

is deeper than the sea

love is less always than to win

less never than alive

less bigger than the least begin

less littler than forgive

it is most sane and sunly

and more it cannot die

than all the sky which only

is higher than the sky”

 

3. “Love Me Through It All” by Caroline White 

“love me
through it all

the beautiful days
the dark days
the days when I am drowning
the days when I am lost
the days when I am stagnant

for it is love,
and only love,
that heals all wounds”


4. “Love Song” by Rainer Maria Rilke 

“When my soul touches yours a great chord sings!

How shall I tune it then to other things?

O! That some spot in darkness could be found

That does not vibrate when’er your depth sound.

But everything that touches you and me

Welds us as played strings sound one melody.

Where is the instrument whence the sounds flow?

And whose the master-hand that holds the bow?

O! Sweet song”

 

5. “Sonnet 116” by William Shakespeare 

The love poem, “Sonnet 116,” by William Shakespeare.

“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 wand’ring 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 prov’d,

I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d”


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6. “From My Heart” by Mrs. Creeves

“A million stars up in the sky.
One shines brighter – I can’t deny.
A love so precious, a love so true,
a love that comes from me to you.
The angels sing when you are near.
Within your arms I have nothing to fear.
You always know just what to say.
Just talking to you makes my day.
I love you, honey, with all of my heart.
Together forever and never to part.”


7. “Love So Amazing” by Elaine Chetty

“My love for you is like the raging sea,
So powerful and deep it will forever be.
Through storm, wind, and heavy rain,
It will withstand every pain.
Our hearts are so pure and love so sweet.
I love you more with every heartbeat!”


8. “I Have You In My Heart” by Alan Duffield-lock

“I walk through the world,
passing the glory of nature,
but, this is nothing,
i have you in my heart,
my life is coloured like a rainbow,
the beauty of you, has saved me from the dark,
before you came into my life,
i was in a pit, with no light as a guide,
and then you were there,
like a star, so bright in the night sky,
showing me the way,”

 

9. “Love and Friendship” by Emily Brontë

“Love is like the wild rose-briar,

Friendship like the holly-tree—

The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms

But which will bloom most constantly?

The wild rose-briar is sweet in spring,

Its summer blossoms scent the air;

Yet wait till winter comes again

And who will call the wild-briar fair?

Then scorn the silly rose-wreath now

And deck thee with the holly’s sheen,

That when December blights thy brow

He still may leave thy garland green.”


10. “My Heart To You” by Alan

The love poem, “My Heart To You,” by Alan.

“When you smile at me, I lose myself.
You give me this feeling that makes me overwhelmed.
When your hand is in mine, I feel totally fine,
And that’s the reason I had to make you mine.
Forever and ever till the end,
I will be by your side through thick and thin.
I love you more than you’ll ever know.
I just wanted to say I’m never letting go.”


11. “Let Thine Eyes Whisper” by Ameen Rihani

“Grieve not, for I am near thee;

Sigh not, for I can hear thee;

Wash from thy heart all memory of past wrong;

Doubt not that doubts besmear thee;

Speak not, for I do fear thee;

Let thine eyes whisper love’s conciling song.”

 

12. “Poem I wrote sitting across the table from you” by Kevin Varrone

“if I had two nickels to rub together

I would rub them together

like a kid rubs sticks together

until friction made combustion

and they burned


a hole in my pocket

into which I would put my hand

and then my arm

and eventually my whole self––

I would fold myself

into the hole in my pocket and disappear


into the pocket of myself, or at least my pants

but before I did


like some ancient star

I’d grab your hand”


13. “Habitation” by Margaret Atwood

“Marriage is not

a house or even a tent

it is before that, and colder:

the edge of the forest, the edge

of the desert 

                    the unpainted stairs 

at the back where we squat 

outside, eating popcorn

the edge of the receding glacier

where painfully and with wonder

at having survived even

this far

we are learning to make fire”

 

14. “Make Me Feel” by Mariah Chandan

The poem about love titled, “Make Me Feel,” by Mariah Chandan.

“Take my heart; I’ll give it with ease.
Take my hand and walk this journey with me.
Take these scars and heal them all up.
Take these fears and make them vanish when things get tough.
Take this smile and make it stretch so wide.
Take these arms and hold me oh so tight.
Take these feelings and make them real.
At the end, show me how to feel.”


15. “Untitled for a Reason” by Tara Betts

“you are curled under

unconsummated kiss,

folded into the violence

of blueberries crushed

between teeth, dying

sugars of once growing

fruit, and i let it linger.

your hands map

a body that requires

no discovery,

nor conquest.

you speak softened

drama of fury and frenzy,

quiet underbelly, light

beaming into peaceful

dark interrupted by

minor collisions

bodies were built

to withstand. you,

looping daydreams

and gasps silent

under skin until

partitions of distance

and judgment lapse

into surreptitious mist.

you are the laugh

that falls orange

against my cheek

and dries slight

sweat cooling.

in the smallest fleck

of imagination, you

become a dream

i needed to recall

as muscles found

new persistence

flexing in a crucible

where the world

expands beyond

the steady scruff

of sandpaper

graded routine. you,

small map unfolding

a globe that vanished

within mundane block.

you open a door

with a word, if any,

or a pause hanging

like an ornament

in your full smirk.”


16. “Only Us” by Raquel McKissock 

“Laid my head upon your chest
Your arms encircled me,
It was, My Love, as if we were
What God meant us to be,

I closed my eyes and heard your heart
Your soft smile in my hair,
I’d never felt so whole and safe
Our hearts beating as a pair,

You found my eyes and told me of
A love for me undying,
I kissed your face and knew right then
It was in Heaven we were lying.”

 

17. “I Love You” by Jessica

“I melt when you
smile.
I can’t breathe when you
speak.
Everything else fades away when you
touch me.
I think I might fly when you
kiss me.
All I know when you’re around is
I love you.”


18. “She Walks In Beauty” by Lord Byron

“She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that’s best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

Thus mellowed to that tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,

Had half impaired the nameless grace

Which waves in every raven tress,

Or softly lightens o’er her face;

Where thoughts serenely sweet express,

How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,

So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,

The smiles that win, the tints that glow,

But tell of days in goodness spent,

A mind at peace with all below,

A heart whose love is innocent!”


19. “My True Love Hath My Heart” by Sir Phillip Sydney

“My true-love hath my heart and I have his,

By just exchange one for the other given:

I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss;

There never was a bargain better driven.

His heart in me keeps me and him in one;

My heart in him his thoughts and senses guides:

He loves my heart, for once it was his own;

I cherish his because in me it bides.

His heart his wound received from my sight;

My heart was wounded with his wounded heart;

For as from me on him his hurt did light,

So still, methought, in me his hurt did smart:

Both equal hurt, in this change sought our bliss,

My true love hath my heart and I have his.”

 

20. “The First Day” by Christina Rossetti 

The poem about love with the title, “The First Day,” by Christina Rossetti.

“I wish I could remember that first day,

First hour, first moment of your meeting me,

If bright or dim the season, it might be

Summer or Winter for aught I can say;

So unrecorded did it slip away,

So blind was I to see and to foresee,

So dull to mark the budding of my tree

That would not blossom yet for many a May …”


21. “Syntax” by Carol Ann Duffy 

“‘It is not always easy to speak of love.  The words we use to do so are often tortured and can be made incomprehensible by passion and heedlessness.  So, how then do we speak of love?  How does the poet speak of love?  Is the language of love pre-ordained?  Should it run to a formula?  The formula, perhaps, of formal English speech – syntax in other words?  The expression of love surely by-passes such strict rules, and resides in the lips, the eyes, the heart.”


22. “The Patience Of A Heart” by K_j_heart

“Love takes time.
It takes patience
to find the one,
to find him,
to find forever.
The heart may get broken,
but never give up.
The patience of a heart
is so beautiful.”


23. “I should not dare to leave my friend” by Emily Dickinson

“I should not dare to leave my friend,
Because—because if he should die
While I was gone—and I—too late—
Should reach the Heart that wanted me—

If I should disappoint the eyes
That hunted—hunted so—to see—
And could not bear to shut until
They ‘noticed’ me—they noticed me—

If I should stab the patient faith
So sure I’d come—so sure I’d come—
It listening—listening—went to sleep—
Telling my tardy name—

My Heart would wish it broke before—
Since breaking then—since breaking then—
Were useless as next morning’s sun—
Where midnight frosts—had lain!”

 

24. “The Sorrow of Love” by William Butler Yeats

“The brawling of a sparrow in the eaves,   

The brilliant moon and all the milky sky,   

And all that famous harmony of leaves,   

Had blotted out man’s image and his cry.

A girl arose that had red mournful lips

And seemed the greatness of the world in tears,   

Doomed like Odysseus and the labouring ships   

And proud as Priam murdered with his peers;

Arose, and on the instant clamorous eaves,   

A climbing moon upon an empty sky,   

And all that lamentation of the leaves,   

Could but compose man’s image and his cry.”


25. “L.O.V.E.” by Jeremy Vega

“L is for the Laughter I give to you every day
   knowing you’ll never go away

O is for the Options we’ll have when we’re together
   knowing our love couldn’t get any better

V is for the Visions I have of you
   knowing I’ll never find anyone quite like you

E is for Everything that’s true I’ve ever said
   especially when I said, “We’ll be together till we’re dead.”

 

26. “Together Forevermore” by Vinny Vintila

The poem about love with the title, “Together Forevermore,” by Vinny Vintila.

“When I miss you,
I seek solace in my heart and soul
For in its depths, your essence I know.

When you miss me,
Just close your eyes and feel me near,
For in your heart, I’ll always be here.

Together, we’re bound by a love so bright,
Our souls entwined, forever in sight.”


27. “At Last” by Elizabeth Akers Allen

“At last, when all the summer shine

That warmed life’s early hours is past,

Your loving fingers seek for mine

And hold them close–at last–at last!

Not oft the robin comes to build

Its nest upon the leafless bough

By autumn robbed, by winter chilled,–

But you, dear heart, you love me now.

Though there are shadows on my brow

And furrows on my cheek, in truth,–

The marks where Time’s remorseless plough

Broke up the blooming sward of Youth,–

Though fled is every girlish grace

Might win or hold a lover’s vow,

Despite my sad and faded face,

And darkened heart, you love me now!

I count no more my wasted tears;

They left no echo of their fall;

I mourn no more my lonesome years;

This blessed hour atones for all.

I fear not all that Time or Fate

May bring to burden heart or brow,–

Strong in the love that came so late,

Our souls shall keep it always now!”

 

28. “Yours” by Daniel Hoffman

“I am yours as the summer air at evening is

Possessed by the scent of linden blossoms,

As the snowcap gleams with light

Lent it by the brimming moon.

Without you I’d be an unleafed tree

Blasted in a bleakness with no Spring.

Your love is the weather of my being.

What is an island without the sea?”


29. “It Is Here” by Harold Pinter

“What is this stance we take,

To turn away and then turn back?

What did we hear?

It was the breath we took when we first met.

Listen. It is here.”


30. “Heart to Heart” by Rita Dove

“It’s neither red

nor sweet.

It doesn’t melt

or turn over,

break or harden,

so it can’t feel

pain,

yearning,

regret.

It doesn’t have 

a tip to spin on,

it isn’t even

shapely—

just a thick clutch

of muscle,

lopsided,

mute. Still,

I feel it inside

its cage sounding

a dull tattoo:

I want, I want—

but I can’t open it:

there’s no key.

I can’t wear it

on my sleeve,

or tell you from

the bottom of it

how I feel. Here,

it’s all yours, now—

but you’ll have

to take me,

too.”

 

31. “The Secret” by John Clare

The love poem, "The Secret,” by John Clare.

“I loved thee, though I told thee not,

Right earlily and long,

Thou wert my joy in every spot,

My theme in every song …”


32. “I so liked Spring” by Charlotte Mew

“I so liked Spring last year

Because you were here; –

The thrushes too –

Because it was these you so liked to hear –

I so liked you.

This year’s a different thing, –

I’ll not think of you.

But I’ll like the Spring because it is simply Spring

As the thrushes do.”


33. “Love is Safe” by Grace Moser

“If we open our hearts to love’s safety

If we see it for what it really is

If we look past the lies others have said

If we forget the tainted memories

If we hold onto love from a trustworthy soul

We can rest in love’s purest form”

 

34. “Idle Dreams” by Joanna Fuchs

The poem about love titled, “Idle Dreams,” by Joanna Fuchs.

“In idle dreams of long ago,
I imagined my true love;
A perfect match, a soulmate,
An angel from above.

Now you’re here, and now I know
Our love will stay and thrive and grow.”


35. “Object Permanence” by Nicole Sealey

  “(for John)

We wake as if surprised the other is still there,

each petting the sheet to be sure.

How have we managed our way

to this bed—beholden to heat like dawn

indebted to light. Though we’re not so self-

important as to think everything

has led to this, everything has led to this.

There’s a name for the animal

love makes of us—named, I think,

like rain, for the sound it makes.

You are the animal after whom other animals

are named. Until there’s none left to laugh,

days will start with the same startle

and end with caterpillars gorged on milkweed.

O, how we entertain the angels

with our brief animation. O,

how I’ll miss you when we’re dead. “


36. “The Definition of Love” by Andrew Marvell

“My love is of a birth as rare

As ’tis for object strange and high;

It was begotten by Despair

Upon Impossibility.

Magnanimous Despair alone

Could show me so divine a thing

Where feeble Hope could ne’er have flown,

But vainly flapp’d its tinsel wing.

And yet I quickly might arrive

Where my extended soul is fixt,

But Fate does iron wedges drive,

And always crowds itself betwixt.

For Fate with jealous eye does see

Two perfect loves, nor lets them close;

Their union would her ruin be,

And her tyrannic pow’r depose.

And therefore her decrees of steel

Us as the distant poles have plac’d,

(Though love’s whole world on us doth wheel)

Not by themselves to be embrac’d;

Unless the giddy heaven fall,

And earth some new convulsion tear;

And, us to join, the world should all

Be cramp’d into a planisphere.

As lines, so loves oblique may well

Themselves in every angle greet;

But ours so truly parallel,

Though infinite, can never meet.

Therefore the love which us doth bind,

But Fate so enviously debars,

Is the conjunction of the mind,

And opposition of the stars.”

 

37. “True Love” by Paul Smith

“When I say I love you, please believe it’s true.
When I say forever, know I’ll never leave you.
When I say goodbye, promise me you won’t cry,
Because the day I’ll be saying that will be the day I die.”


38. “Soulmate” by Amitav Radiance 

“Her soul was clenched in the hands of distress

The feeble screams were reverberating in the dungeon

Not even the faintest light were allowed to entertain her

Till her soul regained the power to scream

Only her soulmate in distant land could hear it

As everyone was oblivious of her agony and suffering

Defying all odds, the soulmate reclaimed his Love.”


39. “Love” by Sappho

“Love, like a mountain-wind upon an oak,
Falling upon me, shakes me leaf and bough.”

Translation Done by William Ellery Leonard


40. “Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” by William Shakespeare

The love poem, “Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” By William Shakespeare

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st.
    So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
    So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”


What is Your Favorite Love Poem of All Time?

Personally, I love Margaret Atwood’s “Habitation,” which came in at number 13 on this list.

In case you missed it, here’s that poem again:

“Marriage is not

a house or even a tent

it is before that, and colder:

the edge of the forest, the edge

of the desert 

the unpainted stairs 

at the back where we squat 

outside, eating popcorn

the edge of the receding glacier

where painfully and with wonder

at having survived even

this far

we are learning to make fire “

What I really like about “Habitation” is the lack of frills Atwood places on her portrayal of love.

Instead of romantic love being portrayed with pure hyperbole, Atwood shines a light on a couple that’s been through difficult stretches and finds joy in the small moments together while building a future.

 

Romantic Poems FAQ

1. What is the Most Famous Love Poem?

There are many iconic love poems, but some of the most famous include sonnets by William Shakespear, like Sonnet 18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”). It goes:
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st.
    So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
    So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”

2. What is the Oldest Love Poem?

Although it may not be possible to definitely prove what is the actual oldest love poem, there are several contenders for the title, including “Istanbul 2461” and “The Love Song for Shu-Sin.”

3. How Do You Write a Love Poem?

First, you’ll want to decide on a theme for your love poem and a style of poetry. And one of the best things you can do when writing a love poem is to think about what made you first love them. What was it that they did or said that made you first fall in love? Start from there and practice! It’s ok if you need to try a few times before it’s just right.


I hope you enjoyed this list of poems about love.

You may have come across some old favorites, but I hope you found some new hidden gems as well!

PS – What’s one of your favorite love poems? I’d love to know!

 

Chasing Foxes was started in 2016 as a way for Grace and her husband, Silas, to start traveling. However, they started to realize that they had a passion for improving themselves, and wanted to help others level up their lives as well. So whether it's with cooking, travel, or staying healthy, they want to help you better your life bit by bit, as they do the same.

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Chasing Foxes was started in 2016 as a way for Grace and her husband, Silas, to start traveling. However, they started to realize that they had a passion for improving themselves, and wanted to help others level up their lives as well. So whether it's with cooking, travel, or staying healthy, they want to help you better your life bit by bit, as they do the same.

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