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Unrequited Love Poems

Well, at least there’s chocolate, and these poems.

1. “They Flee from Me” by Sir Thomas Wyatt
A poem about being surrounded by love yet never actually receiving it. Wyatt recalls the many lovers who used to visit his bed, but no more! A stark sadness permeates the lines of the poem.

2. “I Dreamed That I Was Old” by Stanley J. Kunitz
Kunitz, like many of us, is afraid of getting older. He seems to believe that youth is more precious than wisdom. As the poem goes on, it also becomes clear that he is afraid of losing someone close to him. By the end, he seems sorry for his own situation and for ours as well.

3. “Take, O Take Those Lips Away” by William Shakespeare
A short poem about not quite trusting love but wanting it anyway.

4. “From Doctor Drink” by J. V. Cunningham
The narrator of this poem is not fed up with love. He simply does not need it to be happy. If you are satisfied without a relationship on this Valentine’s Day, then this poem is for you.

5. “The Dream” by John Donne
This poem is for those of us who really do love the idea of love but distrust it as well. The poem has a hopeful ending, so if you like to temper your fears with optimism, this poem is perfect for you.

6. “The Ballad of the Lonely Masturbator” by Anne Sexton
The narrator of this poem does not have that “special someone.” Luckily, she doesn’t seem to need anyone! Is she lonely—or lucky?

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Unrequited Love Poems

Well, at least there’s chocolate, and these poems.

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