Love poems

Being a romance writer, I go all gooey for a gorgeous love poem. Here are some of my favourites! Click on the links in the titles to see the full poem.

Byron – She walks in Beauty
I’ve always loved a bit of Byron and this is my favourite poem of his. When I was in the middle of a 100K charity walk, my husband texted me a photo of these words, written on the wall in a pub in Brighton. Swoon!

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;

E E Cummings – I carry your heart

I stumbled across this poem randomly in the film In her shoes. It’s sublime.

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)

Shakespeare – Sonnet 116

A classic that makes me want to weep – “an ever-fixed mark” – what a beautiful notion.

Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken

Ella Wheeler Wilcox – I love you

About the intensity of young love, this poem makes me think of my characters Katerina and Finn (No love lost), who never get over their teenage romance.  

Clasp me close in your warm young arms,
While the pale stars shine above,
And we’ll live our whole young lives away
In the joys of a living love.

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