Top 5 Romantic Valentine’s Day Poems 2020
If you're looking for the right words to say, look no further than these classic romance poems.
Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to say something sweet to your lover, whether in person or jotted down in a card or handwritten note. Poetry is about as romantic as words can get. Saying, "I love you" to your partner every day might be both truthful and sweet, but can get a little repetitive. Exploring these same emotions in a more artistic manner, like through poetry, can help things from getting a little stale.
We've found the best romantic poems for you to quote to your partner this Valentine's Day to help change things up. A far cry from sappy greeting-card poetry, these romantic love poems are sure to win over your lover and ignite the spark between you.
Alternatively, for something really intimate, take inspiration from these poets and try writing your sweetheart a poem of their own.
Best Valentine’s Day poems
When you are old
William Butler Yeats
When you are old and gray and full of sleep
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true;
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead,
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
She walks in beauty
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.
Edgar Allan Poe
For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,
Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda,
Shall find her own sweet name, that nestling lies
Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
Search narrowly the lines! — they hold a treasure
Divine — a talisman — an amulet
That must be worn at heart…
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
And in life's noisiest hour,
There whispers still the ceaseless love of thee,
The heart's self-solace and soliloquy.
You mould my hopes, you fashion me within;
And to the leading love-throb in the heart
Thro' all my being, thro' my pulse's beat;
You lie in all my many thoughts, like light,
Like the fair light of dawn, or summer eve
On rippling stream, or cloud-reflecting lake.
And looking to the heaven, that bends above you,
How oft! I bless the lot that made me love.
[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]
e. e. cummings
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
How to write your own Valentine's Day poem:
- Speak from the heart. Forget the rules of creating poetry and focus instead on expressing yourself as honestly as possible.
- Enjoy the process. Take this advice from the late Kurt Vonnegut, "Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake… Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something."
- Remember poetry doesn't have to be a serious affair. A funny rhyming poem to make your other half giggle is always a possibility if you find serious poetry a little heavy.
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