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Poetryfans is highlighting love poetry, featuring the work of famous poets, as well as work submitted by our readers. We hope you enjoy folowing the links and then go on to enjoy the many other poems at our site.

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Love Poetry from Our Readers

Ozan Haksever has written three sonnets that capture the mystery, beauty, and excitement of love.


For never did I know a heart so loud,
Whose music makes my own drum beat so fast,
To rhythms of desire and jealousy,
In tones of laughter, joy, and empathy . . . 

One of the earliest submitters to our site, Barbara Kelsey, has written an excellent expression of love and desire in The Stolen Smile.

He said I want to steal your smile
take it with me to Barbados and on oceanic days
I can call on it to dance,
Lolita naked on the sea  . . . 

Other noteworthy love poems include

Tasha's Closest to You, which finds love in memory and hope. Roland Coggins finds love when meeting someone from his past in Class Reunion.

Sandy Streid expresses the primacy of love over material wealth in Precious Stones. This poem comes from the songs Sandy performs with her husband Keith and their talented group of professionals, amateurs, and multi-talented performers with special needs, Potentials Unlimited. Check out their page on Myspace.

Linda Wlodyka expresses the danger and uncertainty of love that persists despite it in Restless Abandon. Rani Turton beautifully expresses the impact of the voice of the beloved in Speak To Me Then.

Speak to me then about passion and pain
And I will listen until it is dawn again
Your voice is so low, so beautiful, so grave
It sets alight the stars in the night; . . .

Familial love is the subject of James Joyce's powerful Ecce Puer as it is with reader's poems by Iris Gilbride and Rei H.

An Angel's Wish



The Brownings


The love between Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning began with a written correspondence and survived the opposition of Elizabeth's father.

Elizabeth's poem , How Do I Love Thee is one of the most famous and best love poems. Robert has some great love poems of his own: A Woman's Last Word, in which he attempts to transcend argument with love and Love in Life, where he searches for the true essence of his beloved. We hope you enjoy these poems from literature's greatest one-two punch.

In another 19th century English poem, Lord Byron reognizes that all his accomplishments are to please his beloved in All for Love.

O Fame! if I e'er took delight in thy praises,
'Twas less for the sake of thy high-sounding phrases,
Than to see the bright eyes of the dear one discover
She thought that I was not unworthy to love her . . .

The sexual lure of love is imaginatively expressed in E. E. Cummings's i like my body when it is with your.

More Great Love Poetry

Two of Shakespeare's greatest love sonnets are at our site: When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought and When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes.

John Donne finds the bond between two lovers at the center of the universe in The Sun Rising.

For those who have not yet found their true love, there are not many better expressions of that feeling than the Bohemian–Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke's You Who Never Arrived.

The sadness of impossible love is the theme of John Greenleaf Whittier's Maud Miller. For the cynics among you, there is Thomas Wyatt's Tangled Was I in Love's Snare.

ha! ha! ha! full well is me,
For I am now at liberty. . .

For other poetry links, go to the Poets page or the Readers' Poems page.

In our index to reader's poems, you will find a link to a group of poems dedicated to the theme of love. Here you will find poems from around America and from Karim Gueniche of Morocco, who also has When I Miss You at the site. Expressions of Love.

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