When it comes to Valentine’s Day, there are a handful of romantic gifts and gestures that are classics. A bouquet of flowers, Classic engraving Watch and a candlelit dinner are some of the first things that come to mind when you think of a perfect evening on February 14th.
Poetry is one of the most beautiful ways to express your emotions. Don’t worry if you’re not a professional writer — try featuring lines from some of these romantic poems. They will be sure to melt your loved one’s heart.
“How Do I Love Thee?” (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 Never Knew” by Joanna Fuchs
I never knew about happiness;
I didn’t think dreams came true;
I couldn’t really believe in love,
Until I finally met you.
“She Walks In Beauty” by Lord Byron
“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…”
“Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe
“But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we —
Of many far wiser than we —
And neither the angels in Heaven above
Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.”
“Shall I Compare Thee” (Sonnet 18) by William Shakespeare
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate…”
“A Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns
“O my Luve is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.”
“Fast Anchor’d Eternal O Love!” by Walt Whitman
“Fast anchor’d eternal O love! O woman I love! O bride! O wife! more resistless than I can tell, the thought of you!”
“To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet
“If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me ye women if you can.”
“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe
“Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That Valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.”
“Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law Divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine?”
“The Good-Morrow” by John Donne
“And now good-morrow to our waking souls,
Which watch not one another out of fear;
For love, al love of other sights controls,
And makes one little room an everywhere.”
“Because She Would Ask Me Why I Loved Her” by Christopher Brennan
“Then seek not, sweet, the “if” and “why”
I love you now until I die.
For I must love because I live
And life in me is what you give.”
“To Celia” by Ben Jonson
“Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
And I’ll not look for wine”
“That I did always love” by Emily Dickinson
“That I did always love
I bring thee proof
That till I loved I never lived”
“To My Valentine” by Ogden Nash
“I love you more than a duck can swim,
And more than a grapefruit squirts,
I love you more than a gin rummy is a bore,
And more than a toothache hurts.”
“Touched by an Angel” by Maya Angelou
“And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be.
Yet it is only love which sets us free”