People have been writing about love for thousands of years and, presumably, will only continue to do so. Love is a fundamental human emotion that everyone seeks to experience. Poets and artists seek to capture this emotion and succeed in varying degrees. The world’s most famous love poems stand as a testament to the power of love and the challenge poets face when trying to capture its essence.
Snippets of the World’s Most Famous Love Poems
Single Lines from Famous Love Poems
- “Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, but bears it out even to the edge of doom.” – Sonnet 116, Shakespeare
- “Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.” – Love One Another, Khalil Gibran
- “I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.” – Every Day You Play, Pablo Neruda
- “Oh plunge me deep in love — put out my senses, leave me deaf and blind, swept by the tempest of your love, a taper in a rushing wind.”- I Am Not Yours, Sara Teasdale
- “All I ever wanted was to sit by a fire with someone who wanted me in measure the same to my wanting. To want to make a fire with someone, with you, was all.” – All I Ever Wanted, Katie Ford
Quotes from Beautiful Love Poems
“Her gesture, motion, and her smiles,
Her wit, her voice my heart beguiles,
Beguiles my heart, I know not why,
And yet, I’ll love her till I die.”
– There Is a Lady Sweet and Kind, Thomas Ford
- “It feels right to be up this close in tight windIt feels right to notice all the shiny things about you
About you there is nothing I wouldn’t want to know
With you nothing is simple yet nothing is simpler”
–Lines Depicting Simple Happiness, Peter Gizzi
“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.
The thirst that from the soul doth rise
Doth ask a drink divine:
But might I of Jove’s nectar sup
I would not change for thine.”
–To Celia, Ben Johnson
- “I love you as the plant that never blooms but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers; thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance, risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.” – XVII, Pablo Neruda
- “Take, oh, take those lips away That so sweetly were forsworn And those eyes, like break of day, Lights that do mislead the morn; But my kisses bring again, Seals of love, though sealed in vain.” – Take, Oh, Take Those Lips Away – John Fletcher
Love is one of the most beautiful parts of life. And despite this, it remains nearly impossible to capture perfectly in words.
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