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Famous Love Poems - Short Love Poems

Nothing goes together better than poetry and love.

Below are the best of the best famous love poems
collected on one page.

   famous love poems

These inspirational, romantic, and sometimes haunting
short love poems  are timeless.

And speak to the heart in ways that only poetry can.

Love is so short, forgetting is so long.

- Pablo Neruda
 (tweet quote)

Some of the most famous love poems on this page:

How Do I Love Thee?

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day?

Love Is Patient


i carry your heart - e.e. cummings - Famous Love Poems

The beauty of this poem is breathtaking. No wonder so many couples use it for their weddings.

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)

i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)


The passion of a woman longing for her lover...

Wild Nights! - Emily Dickinson

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

Futile the winds
To a heart in port,
Done with the compass,
Done with the chart.

Rowing in Eden!
Ah! the sea!
Might I but moor
Tonight in thee!


How Do I Love Thee? - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

One of the most famous love poems in the world. Who hasn't counted the ways?

famous short love poems

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 love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, -- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! -- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.


Lord Byron knows how to make a lady feel beautiful.

She Walks In Beauty - Lord Byron

She walks in beauty like the night
of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
meets in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
had half impair'd the nameless grace
which waves in every raven tress,
or softly lightens o'er her face -
where thoughts serenely sweet express
how pure, how dear their dwelling - place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
so soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
the smiles that win, the tints that glow,
but tells in days of goodness spent,
a mind at peace with all below,
a heart whose love is innocent.


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Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day - William Shakespeare

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: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wanderest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.


Ecstasy - Sarojini Naidu

Cover mine eyes, O my Love!
Mine eyes that are weary of bliss
As of light that is poignant and strong
O silence my lips with a kiss,

My lips that are weary of song!
Shelter my soul, O my love!

My soul is bent low with the pain
And the burden of love, like the grace
Of a flower that is smitten with rain:
O shelter my soul from thy face!


Famous Love Poems - Famous Short Love Poems

I Am Not Yours - Sara Teasdale

I am not yours, not lost in you,
Not lost, although I long to be
Lost as a candle lit at noon,
Lost as a snowflake in the sea.

You love me, and I find you still
A spirit beautiful and bright,
Yet I am I, who long to be
Lost as a light is lost in light.

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.


A heartfelt and sad love poem by one of the world's greatest

Sadness - Confucius

The sun is ever full and bright,
The pale moon waneth night by night.
Why should this be?

My heart that once was full of light
Is but a dying moon to-night.

But when I dream of thee apart,
I would the dawn might lift my heart,
O sun, to thee!


Love Is Patient - Classic Short Love Poems

Another beautiful, everlasting short love poem. From Corinthians.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast.
It is not proud. It is not rude.
It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered.
It keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
But rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
Always hopes, always perseveres:
Love never fails.


I love you - Carl Sandburg

I love you for what you are, but I love you
yet more for what you are going to be.
I love you not so much for your realities
as for your ideals.

I pray for your desires, that they may be great,
rather than for your satisfactions,
which may be so hazardously little.

A satisfied flower is one whose petals are about to fall.
But the most beautiful rose is one, hardly more than a bud,
where in the pangs and ecstasies of desire are working
for larger and finer growth.

Not always shall you be what you are now.
You are going forward toward something great.
I am on the way with you
and therefore I love you.

Famous Love Poems - Short Love Poems

I can write the saddest poem of all tonight. I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.

   - Pablo Neruda







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