Love Poems

Classic and contemporary love poems to share.

 

CLASSIC LOVE

Bird Understander
Craig Arnold
To My Dear and Loving Husband
Anne Bradstreet
The Sun Rising
John Donne
Sonnet 40
William Shakespeare
Sonnet 65
William Shakespeare
Song: To Celia
Ben Jonson

TEEN LOVE

Poem for My Love
June Jordan
A Glimpse
Walt Whitman
Valentine
Tom Pickard
I Love You
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Recitative
A.E. Stallings

FUNNY LOVE

Love Explained
Jennifer Michael Hecht
Windchime
Tony Hoagland
The Quiet World
Jeffrey McDaniel
Video Blues
Mary Jo Salter
Bar Napkin Sonnet #11
Moira Egan

FRIENDSHIP

Inviting a Friend to Supper
Ben Jonson
Tenderness and Rot
Kay Ryan
Sonnet: I Thank You
Henry Timrod
Blue Ridge
Ellen Bryant Voigt
Luciferin
Dean Young
Love and Friendship
Emily Jane Brontë

ROMANTIC LOVE

I Loved You First
Christina Rossetti
You, Therefore
Reginald Shepherd
Poem to an Unnameable Man
Dorothea Lasky
Lines Depicting Simple Happiness
Peter Gizzi
Flirtation
Rita Dove
[love is more thicker than forget]
E. E. Cummings

BREAK UP

Poem
Jill Alexander Essbaum
They Flee From Me
Thomas Wyatt
The Nails
W.S. Merwin
I'll Open the Window
Anna Swir
A Communication Which the Author Had to London, Before She Made Her Will
Isabella Whitney
Neutral Tones
Thomas Hardy

SAD LOVE

Yours & Mine
Alice Fulton
Somewhere or Other
Christina Rossetti
Venice, Unaccompanied
Monica Youn
Take, Oh, Take Those Lips Away
John Fletcher
A Broken Appointment
Thomas Hardy

EROTIC

First Poem for You
Kim Addonizio
"Lying in bed I think about you ..."
Joshua Beckman
Aubade
Amber Flora Thomas
Project for a Fainting
Brenda Shaughnessy
The Imperfect Enjoyment
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
Upon Julia’s Breasts
Robert Herrick

I MISS YOU

The Day is Gone
John Keats
Valentine
Lorna Dee Cervantes
Dear One Absent This Long While
Lisa Olstein
Country Love Song
Melanie Almeder
Then
Roddy Lumsden

IN LOVING MEMORY

We Never Know
Yusef Komunyakaa
Love Letter (Clouds)
Sarah Manguso
Methought I saw my late espousèd saint
John Milton
You Were You Are Elegy
Mary Jo Bang
Buried at Springs
James Schuyler
An Elegy
Ben Jonson
 

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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