From Donald Hall to Shakespeare, Byron to Browning, a wide sampling of
some of the best known love poetry is just a few keystrokes away.
Some poems fall within the traditional, comparing their loves to a
red rose or summer day, while others are stunningly original—Emily Dickinson describes
love as an "imperial thunderbolt/That scalps your naked
soul," and John
Donne uses the eccentric image of a flea to woo his woman.
And while Byron celebrates the innocence of his love, the
Marvell warns that should his "coy mistress" wait too much longer
before surrendering to him, life may pass her by: "The grave 's a fine
and private place,/ But none, I think, do there embrace."
Go, Lovely Rose
Waller's most famous poem, and one of the most famous lyric poems in English literature.
To His Coy Mistress
A classic seduction poem. Why wait?
" . . . at my back I always hear/
Time's wingèd chariot hurrying near"
Love is not all, but who could live with the lack of it?
Poet to His Love
This modern American poet likens his lover to a silver church in a forest.
Love is . . . being bit by the same flea.
A fine example of Parker's concise, satiric style, this one's for the cynics.
"Drink to me only with thine eyes,/And I will pledge with mine . . . "
I Love Thee
Eliza Acton (1799–1859)
" . . . as I love the calm/Of sweet, star-lighted hours!"