8 Iconic Love Poems to Read to Your Sweetheart 

Even the hardiest of couples need a little romance every now and again. If you’re creatively inclined or you want to bring a spark of something sensual into your relationship, a love poem is a way to do it. Read it to your partner, write it in a meaningful letter, or pop it in a card for Valentine’s Day or their birthday. One of these love poems is the perfect gift for your paramour, and they don’t cost a penny.


‘How Do I Love Thee?’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Elizabeth Barrett’s marriage to Robert Browning is the most famous poetic coupling in history and produced this beautiful verse, amongst others, where she recounts loving her partner to “the depth and breadth and height/My soul can reach.” Read more of this poem here.


‘When A Woman Loves A Man’ by David Lehman

David Lehman’s poem is perfect for modern lovers, depicting the way that we come to love another person’s imperfections and idiosyncrasies throughout a tumultuous relationship. Click here to learn more.


‘Variations On The Word Love’ by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is best known for her novels, but her poetry is also beautifully evocative and simplistic. In this poem, she muses on how the word “love” isn’t deep enough to describe the feelings between her and her partner.


‘After Paradise’ by Czeslaw Milosz

Czeslaw Milosz won the Nobel Prize for Literature and After Paradise stands as one of his most aching and heartfelt poems. It tells the story of a love which transforms the poet’s life, making him realize “How perfect/All things are.”


‘i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)’ by e.e. cummings

The characteristic use of lowercase lettering in e.e. cummings’ poetry gives this sweet poem a sense of simplicity and innocence that is perfect for new couples in the thrall of love for the first time. Click here to read more of this poem.


‘I Wanna Be Yours’ by John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke writes punk performance poetry that appeals to creative types who might like something a little edgier. In this quotidian poem, he begs his lover to “let me be the electric heater/you get cold without.”


‘Sonnet 116’ by William Shakespeare

What list of love poetry would be complete without entry by Shakespeare? This sonnet describes the eternal, flawless nature of love, making it the perfect poem if you want to show your commitment to your partner. Click here to read more of this poem.


‘Annabel Lee’ by Edgar Allan Poe

Annabel Lee is the last poem that Edgar Allan Poe ever wrote and it contains some of his best and sweetest writing, describing how no other couple can outdo his love for his paramour and no angel or demon can tear them apart. Read more of this poem.


There are thousands of beautiful love poems out there, but these verses are perfect if you want to show your partner how much you love and value them.


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