Valentine’s Day Poems

Valentine’s Day is coming up and what better way to express your love than with a romantic poem for your loved one. Keep reading for love poem inspiration and instructions on how you can get started writing your Valentine’s Day poem.

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, and what better way to show your love and appreciation than with a poem. We’re going to show you what it takes to write a love poem that will blow your loved one away, with examples and instructions. From historical poems that never age, to sweet and short poems, there are so many to admire and learn from.

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Top 5 Famous Valentine’s Day Poems for Inspiration

1. “Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds” (Sonnet 116), by William Shakespeare (1564 –1616).

Poem called let me not to the marriage of true minds" by William Shakespeare. It reads:
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 wandering 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 proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

“Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds” by William Shakespeare is a famous love poem. Within this poem, Shakespeare dives into the connection formed between two people in love and explains how nothing can come between them. He continues on expressing how love is not weak and can stand the test of time.

2. “How Do I Love Thee,” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 –1861).

Poem called how do I love thee, writen by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. 
It reads: 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.

“How Do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning is a classic love poem. This poem is a bit more straightforward than Shakespeare’s, focusing more on rhythm and rhymes with true love in mind. 

It’s great to take inspiration from Browning’s poem as she begins her lines with all the way she loves her significant other. If you’re looking at writing your loved one a poem, it is a great way to list all (or some of, as this may be a very long list) the ways you love them. Even if it doesn’t rhyme, it is the perfect way to make this a very special Valentine’s Day for them.

3. “10 Things I Hate About You.”

Poem from the movie, ten things I hate about you. It reads: I hate the way you talk to me
And the way you cut your hair
I hate the way you drive my car
I hate it when you stare 
I hate your big dumb combat boots
And the way you read my mind
I hate you so much that it makes me sick
It even makes me rhyme 
I hate the way you're always right
I hate it when you lie
I hate it when you make me laugh
Even worse when you make me cry 
I hate the way you're not around
And the fact that you didn't call
But mostly I hate the way I don't hate you
Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.

This iconic poem from 10 Things I Hate About You, is a reversed romantic poem. If you’ve seen the movie, you will probably understand why I also cry every time I hear this poem. 

In this poem, all the things Katarina hates about her love interest are listed, which she addresses some of their issues, but resolves it in the last segment, saying she doesn’t hate them at all. This poem is sincere, and although the author doesn’t list all the way she loves them, it remains a true romantic statement showing she does care deeply about them.

4. “When You Are Old,” by William Butler Yeats.

Poem called when you are old, written by William Butler Yeats. It reads: 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.

Yes, don’t worry. I am also currently reaching for a tissue after reading this poem. 

Another beautiful romantic love poem is When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats. Peering into the future is romantic and saying you’ll still care for your loved one, no matter how old you are, is a truly romantic statement. 

Thinking of growing old with someone shows you want them in your life for eternity and shows you’re confident in the relationship. In this poem, Yeats explores ideas of love beyond physical attraction, expressing love for their soul and will love them even as they age.

5. “A Hope That Will Not Lead Me Astray,” by Alexandra Vasiliu.

Poem called a hope that will not lead me astray, written by Alexandra Vasiliu. It reads: Of all the things
I can do on this earth, 
I just want to build
a bridge 
from my heart to yours

Our fifth and final poem for this article is “A Hope that Will Not Lead Me Astray” by Alexandra Vasiliu. This poem gives you a taste for short and sweet poems, which are great for first-time poem writers. 

Expressing love for someone doesn’t have to be a long, rhyme-induced poem that’s absolutely perfect. Writing any sort of poem is a romantic gesture and short and sweet poems will still sweep them off their feet.

How to write your own Valentine’s Day Poem

Power Poetry recommends basing your poem off your feelings and what comes to your mind when you think of your loved one. Once you have an idea of the theme of your poem, you can start structuring your ideas. Some inspiration to include in your poems:

  • Try to list a few of the things you love about them, then try to make it flow.
  • When you first met/ first date / when you knew you loved them.
  • Use similes [a figure of speech which compares two things to give a deeper meaning to a description (e.g. she was as sharp as a knife)], metaphors [a figure of speech that compares two things which are not alike (e.g. heart of gold)] or romantic comparisons.
  • Ensure it still sounds natural and like you. Don’t stray too far from your normal tone of voice.
  • Try to rhyme where you can, but don’t stress about basing the poem on rhyming. 

So, after reading our examples and tips, it’s time to start experimenting and writing your own poem for your loved one this Valentine’s Day.

Frequently Asked Questions About Valentine’s Day

What day is Valentine’s Day 2021?

Sunday, Feb 14th 2021.

What are some easy Valentine’s Day gifts?

  • Poems!
  • Flowers (or a plant).
  • Chocolates.
  • Movie tickets.
  • Tickets to a concert or sporting game.
  • Skincare.

How did Valentine’s Day start?

There are various theories about how this romantic day began and most point to the ancient Romans. One popular theory is Valentine’s Day originated from ancient Rome, when two men both named Valentine were executed on 14 February of different years by Emperor Claudius II in the 3rd century A.D. It’s believed they were celebrated with St. Valentine’s Day and the Roman festival Lupercalia.

The Roman festival Lupercalia occurred annually from 13-15 Feb, when names of girls were placed in a box, which boys then drew from. After drawing a name, the boy and girl would be a couple for the day and in some cases, get married.

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