Poems of Love

Poems of Love

Uncover recounts of poetry crafted by the mellifluent minds of various poets of all times. Take time to unravel these mosaics of written poetry about affection, resentment, and the rest of the natural human emotions being put into words.

 

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

—Lord Byron, 1788-1824, England (She Walks In Beauty)

 

The speaker Lord Byron in his poem is in awe as he compliments the woman’s beauty and its rarity. He describes her like the glistening stars in the sky that’s unparalleled to the typical charms he encountered.

 

I am not jealous

of what came before me.

Come with a man

on your shoulders,

come with a hundred men in your hair,

come with a thousand men between your breasts and your feet….

Bring them all

to where I am waiting for you;

we shall always be alone,

we shall always be you and I

alone on earth,

to start our life!

—Pablo Neruda, 1904–1973, Chile (Always)

 

Pablo Neruda’s Always reveals his deep love for someone he wants some solitary moment with. He uses a poetic device of repetition in a few stanzas and expounded that they will be together ‘til the end no matter if his muse takes a thousand men on her shoulders.

 

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

—Elizabeth Barrett Browning, England, 1806-1861 (How Do I Love Thee?)

 

This is another epitome of love poem written by Browning as she counts the ways how much she adores the one she loves most. As per the speaker, love holds an eminent power and in-depth force that could conquer anyone’s soul.

 

or if your wish be to close me, i and

my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,

as when the heart of this flower imagines

the snow carefully everywhere descending….

(i do not know what it is about you that closes

and opens; only something in me understands

the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)

nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

— E. E. Cummings, 1894–1962, United States (Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Gladly Beyond)

 

Cummings’ work of poetry spiked several references and interpretations. Undoubtedly, this poem manifests an emotion of love which is assumed to be written after the birth of his daughter or an ode written for his wife.

 

“…once I look at you for a moment, I can’t speak any longer, but my tongue breaks down, and then all at once a subtle fire races inside my skin, my eyes can’t see a thing and a whirring whistle thrums at my hearing, cold sweat covers me and a trembling takes ahold of me all over: I’m greener than the grass is and appear to myself to be little short of dying.”

—Sappho, 7th century BC, Greece (In My Eyes, He Matches the Gods)

 

These are love poems continually professing affection. Sappho symbolizes female homosexuality which was then presumed her ode was written to her female lover.

 

Music I heard with you was more than music,

And bread I broke with you was more than bread;

Now that I am without you, all is desolate;

All that was once so beautiful is dead….

For it was in my heart you moved among them,

And blessed them with your hands and with your eyes;

And in my heart they will remember always, —

They knew you once, O beautiful and wise.

—Conrad Aiken, 1889-1973, United States (Bread and Music)

 

Clearly, Aiken’s literary piece expressed sorrow to a departed loved one as “O” on the last line talks about someone that is no longer there. Implying that it was written for his deceased loved one he used spend his life with.

What’s a good love poem for you? Unravel your unfathomed thoughts about love with Margaret Fourt Goka as you read her collections of poems in her book The Woven Flag.

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