Poems for Valentine's Day

When trying to capture the concept of love in words, many writers choose the medium of poetry. As you seek ways to get extra romantic with your partner this February 14th, consider selecting and using one of these poems to express your sentiments. Because love is such a complex concept, there are any numbers of attempts to describe it on paper, giving you a wide array of options from which to select when looking for the perfect piece to describe your love affair.

“How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Few poems more aptly capture the feelings of affection and adoration than Elizabeth Barrett Browning's classic sonnet. If you hope to tell your lover that the list of reasons why you are so devoted to her is an limitless one, read her this poem or write it in her Valentine's card. Pair the poem with your own reflection upon it, telling your lover some specific reasons why you are so enamored with her, not just on Valentine's Day, but the other 364 days of the year as well.

“Wild Nights – Wild Nights” by Emily Dickinson

If you hope that your Valentine's night with your partner is a spicy one, start the evening by presenting your lover with a card containing this classic Dickinson poem. In this collection of lines, Dickinson states, “Wild Nights should be / Our luxury!”, perfectly expressing your desire for your Valentine's night to be a wild night of love and lust with your romantic partner.

“A Ditty” by Sir Philip Sidney

In this two-stanza poem, Sidney states that his lover has “his heart” and he has his lover's heart as well. If you wish to express to your Valentine that he has truly captured your heart, use this poem to do so. Recite the poem to him as you sit down to enjoy your Valentine's dinner, or purchase a photo mat with sufficient room around the rim to write this poem, placing a picture of you and your partner in a loving embrace in the center.

“Credo” by Matthew Rohrer

For a modern love poem, try “Credo.” In this poem, Rohrer reflects upon the enormity of love and the inability of humans to fully understand it. In the last stanza of this poem, Rohrer speaks of his lover's body being warm with trust as she lies in bed beside him, creating a literary picture that many lovers can understand. Fit this poem ideally into your Valentine's night by reading it to your lover as you curl up next to each other at the conclusion of your Valentine's evening.

“Dependants” by Paul Farley

When engaged in a loving relationship, the two partners necessarily become dependent upon each other. Farley captures this dependency eloquently in this poem. Farley reflects upon the concept of two lovers being not separate, but instead parts of one larger whole. If you feel that you and your Valentine are but halves of the same soul, share this feeling by writing this poem inside your partner’s Valentine card.

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