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Hearts in Verse: A Collection of Romance and Romantic Poems

Love has long been a muse for poets, inspiring them to craft verses that capture the exhilaration, complexity, and tender vulnerabilities of the human heart. From the sonorous declarations of classical poets to the nuanced confessions of modern wordsmiths, romantic poetry weaves together the universal threads of desire, affection, and longing. Here’s a curated collection of romance and romantic poems, each selected for its ability to articulate the whispers and roars of love’s timeless dance.

  1. “Sonnet 43” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    • Excerpt: “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.”
  2. “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron
    • Excerpt: “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;”
  3. “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe
    • Excerpt: “It was many and many a year ago, / In a kingdom by the sea, / That a maiden there lived whom you may know / By the name of Annabel Lee; / And this maiden she lived with no other thought / Than to love and be loved by me.”
  4. “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell
    • Excerpt: “Had we but world enough, and time, / This coyness, lady, were no crime. / We would sit down and think which way / To walk, and pass our long love’s day.”
  5. “Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
    • Excerpt: “The fountains mingle with the river / And the rivers with the Ocean, / The winds of Heaven mix for ever / With a sweet emotion; / Nothing in the world is single; / All things by a law divine / In one spirit meet and mingle. / Why not I with thine?”
  6. “Bright Star” by John Keats
    • Excerpt: “Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art— / Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night / And watching, with eternal lids apart, / Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,”
  7. “I Carry Your Heart with Me” by E.E. Cummings
    • Excerpt: “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)”
  8. “Love After Love” by Derek Walcott
    • Excerpt: “The time will come / when, with elation / you will greet yourself arriving / at your own door, in your own mirror / and each will smile at the other’s welcome.”
  9. “Valentine” by Carol Ann Duffy
    • Excerpt: “Not a red rose or a satin heart. / I give you an onion. / It is a moon wrapped in brown paper. / It promises light / like the careful undressing of love.”
  10. “Sonnet 116” by William Shakespeare
    • Excerpt: “Let me not to the marriage of true minds / Admit impediments. Love is not love / Which alters when it alteration finds, / Or bends with the remover to remove.”
  1. “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe
  • Excerpt: “Come live with me and be my love, / And we will all the pleasures prove / That valleys, groves, hills, and fields, / Woods, or steepy mountain yields.”
  1. “A Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns
  • Excerpt: “O my Luve is like a red, red rose / That’s newly sprung in June; / O my Luve is like the melody / That’s sweetly played in tune.”
  1. “La Belle Dame sans Merci” by John Keats
  • Excerpt: “I met a lady in the meads, / Full beautiful—a faery’s child, / Her hair was long, her foot was light, / And her eyes were wild.”
  1. “When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats
  • Excerpt: “When you are old and grey and full of sleep, / And nodding by the fire, take down this book, / And slowly read, and dream of the soft look / Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;”
  1. “Somewhere I Have Never Travelled,gladly Beyond” by E.E. Cummings
  • Excerpt: “somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond / any experience,your eyes have their silence: / in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me, / or which i cannot touch because they are too near”
  1. “Meeting at Night” by Robert Browning
  • Excerpt: “The grey sea and the long black land; / And the yellow half-moon large and low; / And the startled little waves that leap / In fiery ringlets from their sleep, / As I gain the cove with pushing prow, / And quench its speed i’ the slushy sand.”
  1. “Echo” by Christina Rossetti
  • Excerpt: “Come to me in the silence of the night; / Come in the speaking silence of a dream; / Come with soft rounded cheeks and eyes as bright / As sunlight on a stream;”
  1. “The Good-Morrow” by John Donne
  • Excerpt: “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?”
  1. “Love Sonnet XI” by Pablo Neruda
  • Excerpt: “I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair. / Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets. / Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day / I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.”
  1. “The Sun Rising” by John Donne
  • Excerpt: “Busy old fool, unruly Sun, / Why dost thou thus, / Through windows, and through curtains, call on us? / Must to thy motions lovers’ seasons run?”

  • “To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet
  • Excerpt: “If ever two were one, then surely we. / If ever man were loved by wife, then thee. / If ever wife was happy in a man, / Compare with me, ye women, if you can.”
  • “Remember” by Christina Rossetti
  • Excerpt: “Remember me when I am gone away, / Gone far away into the silent land; / When you can no more hold me by the hand, / Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.”
  • “Love Is Not All” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • Excerpt: “Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink / Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain; / Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink / And rise and sink and rise and sink again;”
  • “Amoretti LXXV: One Day I Wrote her Name” by Edmund Spenser
  • Excerpt: “One day I wrote her name upon the strand, / But came the waves and washed it away: / Again I wrote it with a second hand, / But came the tide, and made my pains his prey.”
  • “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron
  • Excerpt: “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;”
  • “Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Excerpt: “The fountains mingle with the river / And the rivers with the ocean, / The winds of heaven mix forever / With a sweet emotion; / Nothing in the world is single;”
  • “Sonnet 29” by William Shakespeare
  • Excerpt: “When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes, / I all alone beweep my outcast state / And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries / And look upon myself and curse my fate,”
  • “I Loved You First: But Afterwards Your Love” by Christina Rossetti
  • Excerpt: “I loved you first: but afterwards your love / Outsoaring mine, sang such a loftier song / As drowned the friendly cooings of my dove. / Which owes the other most? my love was long,”
  • “When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats
  • Excerpt: “When you are old and grey and full of sleep, / And nodding by the fire, take down this book, / And slowly read, and dream of the soft look / Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;”
  • “Wild Nights – Wild Nights!” by Emily Dickinson
  • Excerpt: “Wild nights – Wild nights! / Were I with thee / Wild nights should be / Our luxury!”

These poems span the emotional spectrum of love, from its initial spark and enduring tenderness to the melancholy of love lost or unattained. Each poet offers a unique voice and perspective, enriching our understanding of love’s complexities through exquisite and powerful language. Whether etched in the pages of a dusty old tome or shared between lovers across digital screens, these poems continue to resonate deeply with those who have ever dared to love.

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