Find the perfect Valentine love poem to melt your true love’s heart. These romantic poems are the perfect way to let her know she is your one and only, especially if you’re looking for a way to express your feelings without being too cheesy.
You’ll read Valentine’s Day poems from classic to contemporary, and some of them will remind you of your own love story.
26 Romantic Valentine Love Poems For Your Sweetheart
Pick your favorite and write it on a handmade card, or read it to your significant other. Whatever you choose, these love poems will surely bring a smile to their face and remind them how much they mean to you.
How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the 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.
Elizabeth wrote this poem as a reply to her husband during their courtship days. He sent her this special poem, which inspired her to write her beautiful reply:
Life In A Love by Poet Robert Browning
While I am I, and you are you,
So long as the world contains us both,
Me the loving and you the loth,
While the one eludes, must the other pursue.
She Walks in Beauty by George Gordon, Lord Byron
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:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired 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 tell of days in goodness spent
A mind at peace with all below
A heart whose love is innocent!
Wild nights – Wild nights! by Emily Dickinson
Wild nights – Wild nights!
Were I with thee
Wild nights should be
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 –
Monna Innominata [I loved you first] by Christina Rossetti
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,
And yours one moment seemed to wax more strong;
I loved and guessed at you, you contrued me
And loved me for what might or might not be—
Nay, weights and measures do us both a wrong.
For verily love knows not ‘mine’ or ‘thine’;
With separate ‘I’ and ‘thou’ free love has done,
For one is both and both are one in love:
Rich love knows nought of ‘thine that is not mine’;
Both have the strength and both the length thereof,
Both of us, of the love which makes us one.
Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds by William Shakespeare
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.
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me prov’d,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.
A Joy I Never Knew By Joanna Fuchs
Have I told you, Valentine,
That I’m all wrapped up in you?
My feelings for you bring to me
A joy I never knew.
You light up everything for me;
In my heart you shine;
Illuminating my whole life,
My darling Valentine.
Love’s Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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 another’s being mingle—
Why not I with thine?
See the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdain’d its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea—
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?
One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII by Pablo Neruda
I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as one loves certain obscure things,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom but carries
the light of those flowers, hidden, within itself,
and thanks to your love the tight aroma that arose
from the earth lives dimly in my body.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you directly without problems or pride:
I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love,
except in this form in which I am not nor are you,
so close that your hand upon my chest is mine,
so close that your eyes close with my dreams.
Marriage Morning by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Light, so low upon earth,
You send a flash to the sun.
Here is the golden close of love,
All my wooing is done.
Oh, all the woods and the meadows,
Woods, where we hid from the wet,
Stiles where we stayed to be kind,
Meadows in which we met!
Light, so low in the vale
You flash and lighten afar,
For this is the golden morning of love,
And you are his morning star.
Flash, I am coming, I come,
By meadow and stile and wood,
Oh, lighten into my eyes and my heart,
Into my heart and my blood!
Heart, are you great enough
For a love that never tires?
O heart, are you great enough for love?
I have heard of thorns and briers.
Over the thorns and briers,
Over the meadows and stiles,
Over the world to the end of it
Flash of a million miles.
Spring (Love’s Growth) by John Donne
I scarce believe my love to be so pure
As I had thought it was,
Because it doth endure
Vicissitude and season as the grass;
Methinks I lied all Winter, when I swore
My love was infinite, if Spring make’t more.
But if this med’cine, love, which cures all sorrow
With more, not only be no quìntessence,
But mixed of all stuffs paining soul or sense,
And of the Sun his working vigour borrow,
Love’s not so pure and abstract as they use
To say, which have no mistress but their Muse;
But, as all else being elemented too,
Love sometimes would contèmplate, sometimes do.
And yet not greater, but more eminent,
Love by the Spring is grown,
As in the firmament
Stars by the Sun are not enlarged but shown.
Gentle love-deeds, as blossoms on a bough,
From love’s awakened root do bud out now.
If as in water stirred more circles be
Produced by one, love such additions take;
Those, like to many spheres, but one heaven make,
For they are all concentric unto thee;
And though each Spring do add to love new heat—
As princes do in times of action get
New taxes, and remit them not in peace—
No winter shall abate the spring’s increase.
When You Are Old By Irish Poet William Butler Yeats
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;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
The Kiss by Sara Teasdale
Before you kissed me only winds of heaven
Had kissed me, and the tenderness of rain—
Now you have come, how can I care for kisses
Like theirs again?
I sought the sea, she sent her winds to meet me,
They surged about me singing of the south—
I turned my head away to keep still holy
Your kiss upon my mouth.
And swift sweet rains of shining April weather
Found not my lips where living kisses are;
I bowed my head lest they put out my glory
As rain puts out a star.
I am my love’s and he is mine forever,
Sealed with a seal and safe forevermore—
Think you that I could let a beggar enter
Where a king stood before?
These classic love poems will make any woman’s heart flutter. You know your sweetheart better than anyone else, so pick the one that best represents your love for her. These poems will not only make her feel special, but they’ll capture the soul of your love in a way that words cannot describe.
Short Love Poems For Your Soul Mate
These short Valentine’s Day poems are perfect for sending a quick surprise message to your special someone.
A Valentine’s Day Love Poem
On this special Valentine’s Day,
A beautiful poem for you, I say.
Love letters written in thine eyes,
In February 14th, our love shall rise.
Perfect Valentine’s Day Poem
Little Valentine, my love so true,
A love song made just for you.
High school memories for the first time we met,
Best friends forever, we’ll never forget.
The bright eyes of youth, there’s nothing we’d rather see,
A beautiful life, filled with love and harmony.
Romantic Valentine Poem
Good thing happened on this special day,
Soul mates destined, come what may.
Red roses bloom, a symbol so sweet,
Our hearts were truly meant to meet.
Don’t Wait Until Next Year To Share This Poem
Summer’s day, our love so bright,
In the warmth of your love, everything’s right.
A classic poem, our love’s refrain,
Great poets envy, our sweet love’s gain.
St Valentine Day Love Poem
Red hearts beating, a love so pure,
Old age and trials we’ll forever endure.
Happy Valentine’s Day, my first love,
You’re a bright star shining from above.
Best Love Poems For Your Wife
Short poem, but its emotions are so deep,
The subject of love, in our hearts, we keep.
A better way to express this affection,
Special Valentine, our eternal connection.
Winter night, cuddled close,
Loving wife, I love you the most.
Teddy bear hugs and kisses so sweet,
A special Valentine’s Day, our hearts meet.
“Red Roses for My Best Friend”
My dear girl, on this special day,
I’m sending red roses your way.
To express the emotions of love,
That I feel for you, my best friend and dove.
You always brighten up my day,
And make my troubles fade away.
A great need I have for your laughter,
As brings so much joy thereafter.
So here’s a bouquet of red and white hearts,
To remind you of the special parts,
Of our friendship that’s one of a kind,
That’s worth celebrating every Valentine.
“The Perfect Time for Love”
Love knows no time or span,
It’s a feeling that’s here to stay and stand.
And my heart, my loving husband, is filled with affection,
That I cherish with great appreciation.
I’ve waited so long for a perfect time,
To express how you make me feel sublime.
With you by my side, I feel complete,
And my heart skips a beat.
So on this day, let our love bloom,
Like the flowers in the month of June.
I’ll hold your hand, and you can be mine,
For today, forever, until the end of time.
I’m madly in love with my better half,
Who makes me laugh and sometimes, act daft.
You bring joy to my days, and I’m grateful,
For all the memories that are truly unforgettable.
You complete me like pizza and wine,
Together, we’re a perfect combination that’s divine.
I may snore, you may drool,
But in love, we’re not the slightest fool.
So here’s a toast to our love, my dear,
May it last, and brighten up each year.
For Valentine’s day, I’ll keep this short,
You’re my heart, my love, my snort.
These romantic love poems will make young people blush and old people remember the springs when their love was just blooming.
The Long Love by Sir Thomas Wyatt
The long love that in my thought doth harbour,
And in mine heart doth keep his residence,
Into my face presseth with bold pretence,
And therein campeth, spreading his banner.
She that me learneth to love and suffer,
And wills that my trust and lust’s negligence
Be reined by reason, shame, and reverence,
With his hardiness taketh displeasure.
Wherewithal, unto the heart’s forest he fleeth,
Leaving his enterprise with pain and cry;
And there him hideth, and not appeareth.
What may I do when my master feareth
But in the field with him to live or die?
For good is the life ending faithfully.
A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns
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.
So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only luve!
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
Though it were ten thousand mile.
A Glimpse By Walt Whitman
A glimpse through an interstice caught,
Of a crowd of workmen and drivers in a bar-room around the stove late of a winter night, and I unremark’d seated in a corner,
Of a youth who loves me and whom I love, silently approaching and seating himself near, that he may hold me by the hand,
A long while amid the noises of coming and going, of drinking and oath and smutty jest,
There we two, content, happy in being together, speaking little, perhaps not a word.
Love is Enough by William Morris
Love is enough: though the World be a-waning,
And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,
Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover
The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder,
Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder
And this day draw a veil over all deeds pass’d over,
Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter;
The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter
These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.
With just a few heartfelt words, these great love poems express the depth of love and adoration that you have for your sweetheart, making them perfect additions to any Valentine’s Day celebration.
And while we often struggle to find the right words to express our feelings, these classic poems do it effortlessly and beautifully.
So why not take a chance this Valentine’s Day and surprise your love with one of these Valentine’s poems? Who knows, it may just be the perfect way to show them how much they mean to you and bring you both even closer together.
Trust me, as someone who has been happily married for 15+ years now, I can promise there is romance in exchanging love poetry with each other.
So go ahead and give it a try – read these sweet poems, choose your favorite one or write your own, and make this Valentine’s Day an unforgettable one for you and your sweetheart!
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