Love is a wonderful feeling. But expressing love is not a cup of tea for everyone. Especially, it’s a tough call for a woman. Still, a woman good with words could impress or convey her emotions. There are some lovely poems that could be traced across literature where love for the male counterpart is express exquisitely. Be it the wait for a lover or expressing romantic emotions, or the sufferings of a long-distance relationship, or the pain of unrequited love, or a feeling never expressed, these poems carry themselves in an enchanting way, in support of girls/women.
Here, at Poem Analysis, we have listed down some of the most famous love poems which are more suited to be recognized poems for a boyfriend or a beloved.
Best Love Poems for a Boyfriend
- 1 ‘My true love hath my heart, and I have his’ by Sir Philip Sidney
- 2 ‘How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
- 3 ‘The First Day’ by Christina Rossetti
- 4 ‘Syntax’ by Carol Ann Duffy
- 5 ‘Mad Girl’s Love Song’ by Sylvia Plath
- 6 ‘At Last’ by Elizabeth Akers Allen
- 7 ‘The Kiss’ by Sara Teasdale
- 8 ‘The Meeting’ by Katherine Mansfield
- 9 ‘Remember‘ by Christina Rossetti
- 10 ‘My River runs to thee’ by Emily Dickinson
‘My true love hath my heart, and I have his’ by Sir Philip Sidney
Taken from Sidney’s famous prose work “Arcadia”, this one of the finest examples of the English or ‘Shakespearean’ love sonnet. The shepherdess, the speaker expresses how she and her lover have pledged their hearts to each other. She recalls the time when she fell for this man resting in her lap, and to whom she is betrothed.
My true-love hath my heart and I have his,
By just exchange one for the other given:
Both equal hurt, in this change sought our bliss,
My true love hath my heart and I have his.
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Written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning for her husband and poet, Robert Browning lists the different ways in which she loves him. She believes her love to be eternal that exists everywhere, as she tells him how deeply her love goes. Also, she expresses her intentions to love him even after her death, if God is willing to give her the ability.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
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.
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‘The First Day’ by Christina Rossetti
‘The First Day’ or ‘I wish I could remember that first day’ by Christina Rossetti captures her longingness to remember her first meeting with her beloved. Unfortunately, when they met for the first time, she didn’t think that it would be a significant event in her life, she let it slip away from her memory.
I wish I could remember that first day,
First hour, first moment of your meeting me,
If only now I could recall that touch,
First touch of hand in hand – Did one but know!
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‘Syntax’ by Carol Ann Duffy
‘Syntax’ explores new and unique ways to say ‘I love you.’ Duffy attempts to express the sincerity of love through this short poem of 14 lines structured like a sonnet but a free verse. Though titled as syntax. Duffy tries to explain how one cannot have enough words to express their true love.
I want to call you thou, the sound
of the shape of the start
Love’s language starts, stops, starts;
the right words flowing or clotting in the heart.
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As suggested by the title, the poem deals with the speaker who ponders over the reason why her ex-lover has lost his love for her. Though seemingly short, it deals with heartbreak and mental illness. The speaker laments over her lost love while coming to a conclusion that love is but a part of her imagination.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)
I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)
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‘At Last’ by Elizabeth Akers Allen
Elizabeth Akers Allen’s, ‘At Last’ is filled with a plethora of emotions. The speaker uses a seductive tone as she explains her desire for love. Towards the end of the poem, she explains their love to be pure and connected to the souls. As the title suggests he cherishes how she feels the love and closeness of her beloved “at last”.
At last, when all the summer shine
That warmed life’s early hours is past,
Your loving fingers seek for mine
And hold them close—at last—at last!
I fear not all that Time or Fate
May bring to burden heart or brow,
Strong in the love that came so late,
Our souls shall keep it always now!
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‘The Kiss’ by Sara Teasdale
‘The Kiss’ is a highly romantic yet short poem. The speaker of the poem is a woman, who is hoping to be loved by a man of her desires. In her dreams, she had stolen many Kisses with her beloved. But, on that particular night, as she speaks, she is disappointed for the man failed to kiss her like the way as in her dreams.
I hoped that he would love me,
And he has kissed my mouth,
His kiss was not so wonderful
As all the dreams I had.
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‘The Meeting’ is a beautifully written teenage love poem. The speaker is unwilling to leave her beloved due to her insecurity. Her indecisiveness over separation has been caught elegantly through the emotions as described.
We started speaking,
Looked at each other, then turned away.
The tears kept rising to my eyes.
The world changed. The sound of the clock grew fainter,
Dwindled away, became a minute thing.
I whispered in the darkness. “If it stops, I shall die.”
Christina Rossetti has given a different perspective to love and to be loved in this poem. The speaker of the poem seems to be counting her days. Thus, she writes/speaks to her beloved in the poem when and how he should remember her after she is gone. Initially, she wants him to love her for eternity. But, when she thinks of the emotional turmoil her beloved undergo after her loss, she bids him move forward and forget her.
Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
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‘My River runs to thee’ is an impressively strong poem about a girl’s love for her beloved by Emily Dickinson. The speaker of the poem is deeply in love with her boyfriend (the sea) thus she feels him be her destination. The river is a symbolic representation of the woman’s unwavering and unconditional love for her beloved.
My River runs to thee —
Blue Sea! Wilt welcome me?
My River wait reply —
Oh Sea — look graciously —
I’ll fetch thee Brooks
From spotted nooks —
Say — Sea — Take Me!
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