Romantic poems

Love and romance go hand in hand. If love is the music, romance is the dance, and what a whirling, dizzying dance it is. From English Romantic poems to modern romantic valentine poems, here at Love Poems For Her we’ve collected the very best romantic poems out there. Whether you need a romantic poem for your girlfriend, wife, boyfriend, husband or anyone else, you’ll find the perfect verse here.

An Interlude – Richard Aldington, 1917

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An Interlude

There is a momentary pause in love
When all the birth-pangs of desire are lulled
By poppied kisses, when not yet begins
The light strong life of love that lives indeed

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How Wonderful is Love – Florence Earle Coates, 1916

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How Wonderful is Love

How wonderful is love!
More wonderful, I wis1,
Than cherry-blossoms are when spring’s first kiss
Warms the chill breast of earth,

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  1. archaic word meaning to know. Pronounced “whiss” []

Love’s Wisdom – Alfred Austin, ca. 1900

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Love’s Wisdom

Now on the summit of Love’s topmost peak
Kiss we and part; no further can we go:
And better death than we from high to low
Should dwindle or decline from strong to weak.

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Love’s Blindness – Alfred Austin, ca. 1900

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Love’s Blindness

Now do I know that Love is blind, for I
Can see no beauty on this beauteous earth,
No life, no light, no hopefulness, no mirth,
Pleasure nor purpose, when thou art not nigh.

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Love’s Inspiration – William Henry Davies, 1913

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Love’s Inspiration

Give me the chance, and I will make
Thy thoughts of me, like worms this day,
Take wings and change to butterflies
That in the golden light shall play;

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Enough – Sara Teasdale, 1915

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Enough

It is enough for me by day
To walk the same bright earth with him;
Enough that over us by night
The same great roof of stars is dim.

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Peace – Sara Teasdale, 1915

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Peace

Peace flows into me
As the tide to the pool by the shore;
It is mine forevermore,
It will not ebb like the sea.

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Love’s Seasons – Paul Dunbar, 1913

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Love’s Seasons

When the bees are humming in the honeysuckle vine
And the summer days are in their bloom,
Then my love is deepest, oh, dearest heart of mine,
When the bees are humming in the honeysuckle vine.

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A Love Song – Paul Dunbar, 1913

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A Love Song

Ah, love, my love is like a cry in the night,
A long, loud cry to the empty sky,
The cry of a man alone in the desert,
With hands uplifted, with parching lips,

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The First Kiss of Love – Lord Byron, 1806

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The First Kiss of Love

Away with your fictions of flimsy romance,
Those tissues of falsehood which Folly has wove;
Give me the mild beam of the soul-breathing glance,
Or the rapture which dwells on the first kiss of love.

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The Bargain – Sir Philip Sidney, ca. 1575

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The Bargain

My true love hath my heart, and I have his,
By just exchange one for another given:
I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss,
There never was a better bargain driven:

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The Avenue – Frances Cornford, 1910

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The Avenue

Who has not seen their lover
Walking at ease,
Walking like any other
A pavement under trees,

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“If you were coming in the fall…” – Emily Dickinson, ca. 1860

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If you were coming in the fall,
I’d brush the summer by
With half a smile and half a spurn,
As housewives do a fly.

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Sonnet 18 (“Shall I compare thee…”) – William Shakespeare, 1609

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Sonnet 18

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.

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The Good-Morrow – John Donne, ca. 1600

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The Good-Morrow

I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved? Were we not weaned till then
But sucked on country pleasures, childishly?
Or snorted we in the seven sleepers’ den?

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She Walks in Beauty – Lord Byron, 1814

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She Walks in Beauty

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:

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Aftermath – Amy Lowell, 1912

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Aftermath

I learnt to write to you in happier days,
And every letter was a piece I chipped
From off my heart, a fragment newly clipped
From the mosaic of life; its blues and grays,

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The Bungler – Amy Lowell, ca. 1915

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The Bungler

You glow in my heart
Like the flames of uncounted candles.
But when I go to warm my hands,
My clumsiness overturns the light,
And then I stumble
Against the tables and chairs.

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I Loved You – Alexander Pushkin ca. 1820

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I Loved You

I loved you;
even now I may confess,
Some embers of my love their fire retain;
But do not let it cause you more distress,

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Wild nights! Wild nights! – Emily Dickinson, ca. 1860

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Wild Nights

Wild nights! Wild nights!
Were I with thee,
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!

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“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1850

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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.

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