Love poems for Literature List of 13

Contemporary Love Poems

“My Heart” by Kim Addonizio
That Mississippi chicken shack…

“Negotiations” by Rae Armantrout
The best part…

“In Our Late Empire, Love” by Malachi Black
drops from upper air…

“In the dark we crush” by Julia Cohen
Crab apples for the sound of it…

“Heart to Heart” by Rita Dove
It’s neither red …

“Love in the Morning” by Annie Finch
Morning’s a new bird…

“All I Ever Wanted” by Katie Ford
When I thought it was right to name my desires …

“The Wall Hanging I Never Noticed” by Dorothea Lasky
I never noticed before how the red flowers…

“Someone” by Joseph O. Legaspi
Somewhere someone rises …

“Electrons” by Ruth Madievsky
The eye chews the apple …

“Chess” by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Exactly four different men have tried…

“How to Love” by January Gill O’Neil
After stepping into the world again…

“Divine Overdose” by Matthew Rohrer
We are even more modern …

“Galaxy Love” by Gerald Stern
There’s too little time left to measure …

“Love Poem” by Susan Wheeler
My mother wouldn’t stand up …

“Things Said To Be Ineffable” by Mark Yakich
A book decorates …

“Poem to First Love” by Matthew Yeager
To have been told “I love you” …

“Blue Vase” by Cynthia Zarin
Because you like to sleep at dawn with curtains drawn…

Classic Love Poems

“The Buried Life” by Matthew Arnold
Light flows our war of mocking words, and yet…

“Serenade” by Djuna Barnes
Three paces down the shore, low sounds the lute …

“Love” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
We cannot live, except thus mutually…

“Meeting at Night” by Robert Browning
The gray sea and the long black land…

“She Walks in Beauty” by George Gordon Byron
She walks in beauty, like the night…

“Love” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
All thoughts, all passions, all delights…

“Wild Nights – Wild Nights! (249)” by Emily Dickinson
Wild Nights – Wild Nights!

“Eros” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The sense of the world is short …

“Of Love: A Sonnet” by Robert Herrick
How love came in I do not know…

“Song to Celia” by Ben Jonson
Drinke to me, onely, with thine eyes…

“Ode to Psyche” by John Keats
O Goddess! hear these tuneless numbers, wrung …

“Endymion” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The rising moon has hid the stars …

“A Gift” by Amy Lowell
See! I give myself to you, Beloved!

“Love” by James Russell Lowell
True Love is but a humble, low-born thing…

“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe
Come live with me and be my love…

“The Definition of Love” by Andrew Marvell
My Love is of a birth as rare…

“To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell
Had we but world enough, and time…

“The White Rose” by John Boyle O’Reilly
The red rose whispers of passion…

“Monna Innominata [I wish I could remember]” by Christina Rossetti
I wish I could remember that first day…

“What Was Told, That” by Jalalu’l-din Rumi
What was said to the rose that made it open was said…

“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun (Sonnet 130)” by William Shakespeare
My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun…

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? (Sonnet 18)” by William Shakespeare
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day…

“The Look” by Sara Teasdale
Strephon kissed me in the spring…

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond by E. E. Cummings

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands

Drink: Vinho Verde
Sweet: Tiramisu
Flower: Red Rose

Credo by Matthew Rohrer

I believe there is something else

entirely going on but no single
person can ever know it,
so we fall in love.

It could also be true that what we use
everyday to open cans was something 
much nobler, that we’ll never recognize.

Drink: Piña Colada
Sweet: Tres Leches Cake
Flower: Sunflower

How Do I Love Thee? 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.

Drink: Muscat
Sweet: Angel Food Cake
Flower: Amaryllis

It’s all I have to bring today by Emily Dickinson

Be sure you count – should I forget
Some one the sum could tell –
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.

Drink: Mead
Sweet: Strawberry Shortcake
Flower: Honeysuckle

A Birthday by Christina Rossetti

My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water’d shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
   Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit

Drink: Apple Pomegranate Martini
Sweet: Cupcakes
Flower: Stargazer Lily

A Line-storm Song by Robert Frost

All song of the woods is crushed like some
Wild, easily shattered rose.
Come, be my love in the wet woods; come,
Where the boughs rain when it blows.

Drink: Mulled Cider
Sweet: Salt Water Taffy
Flower: Wildflowers

The Kiss by Stephen Dunn

She kissed me again, reaching that place
that sends messages to toes and fingertips,
then all the way to something like home.
Some music was playing on its own.

Drink: Port
Sweet: Chocolate Truffles
Flower: Hyacinth

Chateau If by Peter Gizzi

        if to say light to inhabit light if to speak if to live, so
if to say it is you if love is if your form is if your waist that
pictures the fluted stem if lavender
if in this field
if I were to say hummingbird it might behave as an
adjective here

Drink: Champagne
Sweet: Sweet Crepes
Flower: Lavender

Blue by May Swenson

        …I love your spots,
your white neck, Rose, your hair’s
wild straw splash, silk spools
for your ears. But where white
spouts out, spills on your brow
to clear eyepools, wheel shafts
of light, Rose, you are Blue.

Drink: Berry Brandy
Sweet: Mixed Berry Pie
Flower: Pink Rose and Blue Iris

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? by William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.

Drink: May Wine
Sweet: Ice Cream Sundae
Flower: Tulip

The Fist by Derek Walcott

        …When have I ever not loved
the pain of love? But this has moved

past love to mania. This has the strong
clench of the madman…