Classic Love Poems on the Web
Love is only a click away
by Ann-Marie Imbornoni
Some poems fall within the traditional, comparing their loves to a red rose or summer day, while others are stunningly original—Emily Dickinson describes love as an "imperial thunderbolt/That scalps your naked soul," and John Donne uses the eccentric image of a flea to woo his woman.
And while Byron celebrates the innocence of his love, the impatient Andrew Marvell warns that should his "coy mistress" wait too much longer before surrendering to him, life may pass her by: "The grave 's a fine and private place,/ But none, I think, do there embrace."Valentine Links
Here are links to poems expressing every permutation of love.
Again and again, however we know the landscape of love . . .
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926)
Lovers journey to a holy place.
I Love Thee
Eliza Acton (1799–1859)
" . . . as I love the calm/Of sweet, star-lighted hours!"
Love Song for Alex, 1979
Margaret Walker (1915–1998)
The African-American poet serenades her "monkey-wrench man"