From William Morris to Pablo Neruda, the poets on this list speak about the aspects of true love. Each poet has their own take on what true love is, how it influences one’s life, and the pain that one should expect to go along with it.
Explore 10 of the Best True Love Poems
- 1 Love Is Enough by William Morris
- 2 Love Sonnet XI by Pablo Neruda
- 3 Bei Hennef by D.H. Lawrence
- 4 Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
- 5 To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet
- 6 How Do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
- 7 Love That Boy by Walter Dean Meyers
- 8 Love Poem for a Wife by A. K. Ramanujan
- 9 I Said to Love by Thomas Hardy
- 10 The Sorrow of True Love by Edward Thomas
- 11 FAQs
Love Is Enough by William Morris
“Love is Enough” by William Morris is a short poem that expresses the power of true love. The speaker states that even when times are darkest, love is enough in the face of adversity. He believes that it has the power to make lovers fearless in a dreary and depressing world of darkness. Here are a few lines:
Love is enough: though the World be a-waning,
And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,
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Love Sonnet XI by Pablo Neruda
This sonnet is known as ‘I crave your mouth.’ It is an affectionate and intimate fourteen-line sonnet that is one of Neruda’s best. In the first two quatrains of this piece, Neruda expresses his love for his intended listener by mentioning her various physical features and how he physically craves her. Here are a few lines from this piece:
I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.
Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets.
Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day
I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.
Later, he says that he wants to “eat the sunbeam flaring in [her] body.”
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Bei Hennef by D.H. Lawrence
This incredibly effective poem describes the effect twilight has to clear a speaker’s mind and make him see the strength of his love. The speaker knows that their love for their partner is incredibly strong. The confines and irritations of the real world get in the way of emotional connection. Here are a few lines:
What else—it is perfect enough,
It is perfectly complete,
You and I.
Strange, how we suffer in spite of this!
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Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
This well-known and dark true love poem describes the love a speaker held for Annabel Lee, who has recently passed away. The speaker is commonly considered to be Poe himself, who outlines the loss he has suffered. Here are a few lines from this poem:
It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
The speaker says that their love was so true and strong that the angels took her away to sate their jealousy.
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To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet
This short poem is one of several written in dedication to the poet’s spouse. Bradstreet expresses her genuine, true love for her husband by describing how they have bonded. They were two and, through marriage and their growing emotional attachment, became one. Here are a few lines from this piece:
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
Throughout the poem, she assures her husband that she loves him and will continue to do so.
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How Do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Browning’s ‘How Do I Love Thee’ is an incredible poem about true love. It was written with the author’s husband, Robert Browning, in mind. At the beginning of the poem, the speaker declares that she is going to “count the ways” that she loves “thee.” Here are a few lines from this piece:
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.
This is one of the best true love poems on this list as it also considers the delight of their friendship. It proposes their relationship is going to last for all eternity.
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Love That Boy by Walter Dean Meyers
This poem is somewhat different from the others featured on this list. It expresses a father’s love for his son rather than any type of romantic love. The poem describes the speaker’s son, someone who smiles a great deal and reminds the speaker of other family members. He’s very loveable, and the speaker is determined to continue to love him as much as possible. Here are a few lines:
Love that boy,
like a rabbit loves to run
I said I love that boy
like a rabbit loves to run
Love to call him in the morning
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Love Poem for a Wife by A. K. Ramanujan
‘Love Poem for a Wife’ by A. K. Ramanujan depicts the poet’s sleeping wife with unusual, thoughtful, and very memorable imagery and then alludes to their unity as one being. It conveys some of the deepest emotions associated with a loving relationship. Here are a few lines:
in the morning, in the waking my wife’s
face still fast asleep blessed as by
butterfly, snake, shiprope and
grandmother’s other children by my love’s
only insatiable envy
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I Said to Love by Thomas Hardy
This true love poem is about love and the difficulties it creates. It is one of the many poems Hardy wrote after the death of his wife, Emma, who passed away in 1912. Another example is ‘Under The Waterfall.’ Here are a few lines from ‘I Said to Love:’
I said to Love,
“It is not now as in old days
When men adored thee and thy ways
All else above;
Named thee the Boy, the Bright, the One
Who spread a heaven beneath the sun,”
I said to Love.
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The Sorrow of True Love by Edward Thomas
This poem expresses the sorrow and darker emotions associated with the loss of true love. The speaker believes that pain is an integral part of love that one should expect to experience. Here are a few lines:
The sorrow of true love is a great sorrow
And true love parting blackens a bright morrow:
Yet almost they equal joys, since their despair
Is but hope blinded by its tears, and clear
Above the storm the heavens wait to be seen.
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A true love poem is a piece of poetry written with the intention of expressing emotions associated with a true love connection. While most love poems are upbeat and passionate, others are darker and expressed the more painful sides of deep relationships.
Some of the best love poems ever written include ‘A Red, Red Rose’ by Robert Burns, ‘Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe, ‘Sonnet 116’ by William Shakespeare, ‘Bright Star’ by John Keats, and ‘How Do I Love Thee‘ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Often, poets like Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Shakespeare, Pablo Neruda, John Keats, John Donne, and Edna St. Vincent Millay are considered to be great “love poets.” These writers often included the theme of love, and its ups and downs, in their verse.