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Subject - Love

What better subject could there be for poetry? The poems listed here either express love for someone or teach us something about love. Looking for a poem to woo someone? try A Sonnet of the Moon or Sonnet XLIII.


  1. Bread and Music by Conrad Aiken

    simple things hold the memories of our loved ones

  2. A Sonnet of the Moon by Charles Best

    a beautiful, tender love poem... not really about the moon at all [engl.]; one of Jon's favorites

  3. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes by Francis William Bourdillon

    when love dies

  4. To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet

    If ever two were one, then surely we

  5. Sonnet XLIII by Elizabeth Barret Browning

    How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

  6. fourteenth sonnet of the Poruguese by Elizabeth Barret Browning

    If thou must love me, let it be for nought
    Except for love's sake only.

  7. Meeting at night by Robert Browning

    a lover eagerly pursues his journey to his love

  8. She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron

    any change would make the beloved less perfect

  9. Valentine Song by Robert Argyle Campbell

    love is like a rose - thorns and all

  10. Amaryllis by Thomas Campion

    a simple country maid with her own special beauty

  11. To Mary by John Clare

    the loved one lives in the lover's memory

  12. Meet Me in the Green Glen by John Clare

    an invitation to love

  13. And So Did I by Isaac Joslyn Cox

    amorous intent thwarted

  14. I looked here by Stephen Crane

    none so fair as she in my heart

  15. The way your little finger moved by Stephen Crane
  16. Love is a Sickness by Samuel Daniel

    the paradox of love

  17. An Epitaph by Walter De La Mare

    beauty passes

  18. A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning by John Donne

    love is unaffected by separation

  19. An elegy of a pointed diamond... by Sir John Harrington

    the poet's wife is compared to a diamond

  20. Ruth by Thomas Hood

    Share my harvest and my home

  21. Absence by Richard Jago

    when one's love is absent

  22. The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe

    love is sensual pleasure

  23. Love for Such a Cherry Lip by Thomas Middleton

    None but I this lip must own

  24. Annabel Lee by Edgar Allen Poe

    a love that transcends death

  25. A Valentine by Edgar Allen Poe

    find the riddle in this poem

  26. The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd by Sir Walter Ralegh

    The rebuttal to Marlowe's poem - pleasure is transitory

  27. Sonnet CXVI: "Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds" by William Shakespeare

    [engl.]

    ... Love is not love
    Which alters when it alteration finds

  28. Leave Me, O Love, Which Reachest But to Dust by Sir Philip Sidney

    the scorned suitor rejects love

  29. Amoretti Sonnet I Happy ye leaves by Edmund Spenser

    the poet prays that his poems will please his love

  30. Amoretti Sonnet LXXXII Joy of my life by Edmund Spenser

    in praise of the joy of his life

  31. Bedouin Song by Bayard Taylor
  32. May by Sara Teasdale

    lost love turns a beautiful spring to winter

  33. Arab Love-Song by Francis Thompson
  34. What Cunning Can Express by Edward De Vere

    Her virtues so do shine
    As day unto mine eyne.

  35. The Je Ne Scai Quoi by Meredith Whitehead
  36. Corinne's Last Love Song by Lady Wilde

    love recognized too late

The subject indexes are a wonderful way to browse Poets' Corner, leading you to works you might not find any other way. I hope also that they can help the site to seem less overwhelming than it might at first. If you have suggestions or comments about the Subject Indicies please contact Jon Lachelt.

The quotes from Carl Sandburg on the heading of some of the subject pages are from his book of poems, Good Morning America.

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