Five Famous Poems About Love - How Many Do You Know?
These Love Poems Are Heart-Warming And Full Of Emotion
This is a collation of love poetry which you may consider to be most significant for St.Valentine's Day, but when you have read and absorbed them, you will know that they are equally relevant on the other 364 days.
Some of them you will probably know well and may have read or even learned at school. Others are not so well known. The poetry spreads over nearly 500 years, from Shakespeare to Caroline Duffy, the current English Poet Laureate. Old favorites and novelties, running a gamut of emotions.
How lucky we are to have such a rich culture of poetry in the English language.
William Shakespeare: Sonnet 116
The titles to Shakespeare's Poetry didn't always give much away by in the form of clues!
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.
By William Shakespeare
This Is All Poetry By The Great And Good
So on this web page you won't be seeing any of
the poems I have written.
But in case you do want to see what I write,
I have listed them lower down this page.
How Do I Love Thee?
How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways - Sonnet 43 - 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 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.
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Greater Love Hath No Man Than This
Greater Love - By Wilfred Owen
(Love pales into insignificance next to war - this is about love without being a love poem)
Red lips are not so red
As the stained stones kissed by the English dead.
Kindness of wooed and wooer
Seems shame to their love pure.
O Love, your eyes lose lure
When I behold eyes blinded in my stead!
Your slender attitude
Trembles not exquisite like limbs knife-skewed,
Rolling and rolling there
Where God seems not to care;
Till the fierce Love they bear
Cramps them in death's extreme decrepitude.
Your voice sings not so soft, --
Though even as wind murmuring through raftered loft, --
Your dear voice is not dear,
Gentle, and evening clear,
As theirs whom none now hear
Now earth has stopped their piteous mouths that coughed.
Heart, you were never hot,
Nor large, nor full like hearts made great with shot;
And though your hand be pale,
Paler are all which trail
Your cross through flame and hail:
Weep, you may weep, for you may touch them not.
by Wilfred Owen
Beguiling By Roger McGough
A modern English Performance Poet whose quirky work I very much enjoy
She is so beguiling
That when she beckons
I can run a mile
In twenty seconds
By Roger McGough
Love Is Like An Onion - Peel Away The Strips And You'll Find More Love Inside
Valentine - By Carol Ann Duffy
The Current English Poet Laureate
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.
I am trying to be truthful.
Not a cute card or a kissogram.
I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
if you like.
Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.
By Carol Ann Duffy
Have You Ever Written Any Poetry?
Take the Poll Below About Writing Poetry:
You can express your deepest feelings in poetry.Or you can be very stilted and self-conscious. Some poetry rhymes, some of it has meter.And some poetry seems to be just words strung together, like magnets with words which are moved around on a fridge door
Have you ever written a poem about love? I won't say a love poem, because that's something different!
A YouTube Video: Shakespeare's Love Poetry - "Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day?" - Read By Jose Fernandez
And Another Video- "How do I Love Thee?"
And, Below, You Will See A Romantic Flower: Love-Lies-Bleeding
This plant is also known as Bleeding Heart, botanical name Lamprocapnos spectabilis (formerly Dicentra spectabilis), a genus which is actually native to eastern Asia and North America but which happily grows in the UK, my home country.
Here is my photograph, taken in late spring, of love-lies-bleeding, surrounded by forget-me-nots and purple polyanthus, which look their best at that time of year.
I love growing plants like this in my garden. And the marvellous thing is that they all grow in the shade, and I can sit at my desk in my conservatory, look out of my back window and see them flourishing.
Here's Some Love Poetry Written By Me:
Teflon Tony - an Unromantic Poem - about a woman in a relationship with a man who has the empathy of a crocodile
Two Unusual Love Poems - about the essence of love, which is indefinable really
Valentine Rant and Unromantic Poetry - 4 Love Poems by Diana Grant - my gut reaction to St Valentine's Day
Just To Round Things Off, A Romantic Card For Lovers - I Designed This On Zazzle
© 2011 Diana Grant