Beautiful love poems for her

All fine poetry is beautiful in its own way, but these love poems stand out for their delicate, refined and flowing use of language and imagery. The elegance and grace of these poems matches that of love itself.

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 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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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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I Am Not Yours – Sara Teasdale, 1915

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I Am Not Yours

I am not yours, not lost in you,
        Not lost, altho’ I long to be
Lost as a candle lit at noon,
        Lost as a snow-flake in the sea.

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Friendship After Love – Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1883

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Friendship After Love

After the fierce midsummer all ablaze
Has burned itself to ashes, and expires
In the intensity of its own fires,
There come the mellow, mild, St. Martin days,

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Hidden Love – Sara Teasdale, 1911

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Hidden Love

I hid the love within my heart,
And lit the laughter in my eyes,
That when we meet he may not know
My love that never dies.

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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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E.W.D – Frances Cornford, 1910

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E.W.D

The sudden knowledge that you are not there,
That I live on alone,
Seems still too vast and desolate to bear,
My dear, my own.

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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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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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