On Valentine’s Day, couples – married or unmarried – express their love for each other in different ways. Be it gift-giving, going out on romantic dates, writing love letters, having a candlelight dinner, and more, Valentine’s Day is all about making each other feel special, valued, and loved. Thus, on Valentine’s Day 2022, here are 8 romantic poems from literature that express love in the most beautiful and profound ways.
1. “How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
This is one of the most famous short love poems in existence, showing that feelings felt in the 1800s are the same as the ones experienced now. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways,” Browning begins as she sings praises of her affection from her.
2. “When You Are Old,” by William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats’s exploration of enduring love makes this one of the most famous love poems to date. The couple in this poem is together for the long run, even as the rest of their lives and their bodies change.
3. “The More Loving One” by W. H. Auden
This poem is about love and pain—particularly how lonely unrequited feelings can be. Still, it has an optimistic angle that may help anyone suffering feel less alone. Ultimately, Auden says, he would choose to be the “more loving one.”
4. “Love Sonnet XI,” by Pablo Neruda
The poem—one of many love sonnets the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was known for—conveys a deep sense of all-encompassing longing. No matter where the narrator goes, his mind is on the same thing.
5. “Unending Love” by Rabindranath Tagore
‘Unending Love’ by Rabindranath Tagore is a heartfelt poem about a speaker’s devotional love for his beloved (the creator or his lady love). Tagore’s poetic persona describes how his love merges with all the loves, past and forever. Their love is old, yet it renews forever.
6. “Come, and Be My Baby” by Maya Angelou
If your partner is facing hardship, this short love poem by legendary author Maya Angelou provides a gentle reminder that you will always be there for them. It’s especially relevant to read during times of national turmoil.
7.”A Red, Red Rose”by Robert Burns
“A Red, Red Rose” by the Scottish poet Robert Burns is an appropriate choice for anyone in a long-distance relationship, as it conveys a deep love and a promise to always return home.
8. “Before You Came” by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
This poem explains how great love can change your whole perspective on even the most ordinary things. Faiz looks at the vast change before and after a special person came into his life. “Now everything is like my heart / a color at the edge of blood,” he writes.