Kissing Poems

Summum Bonum

by Robert Browning

‘Summum Bonum’ by Robert Browning is a fairly straightforward and memorable poem about love and how it is far more important, and valuable than any beautiful summer day or shining gemstone. 

The image of kissing is the final part of the poem. The poet ends the text by informing readers that he desires love more than gemstones and pearls or all the beauty of the natural world.

All the breath and the bloom of the year in the bag of one bee:

All the wonder and wealth of the mine in the heart of one gem:

In the core of one pearl all the shade and the shine of the sea:

In the Light of the Moon

by Delmira Agustini

‘In the Light of the Moon’ by Delmira Agustini explores the power of the moon. The speaker is drawn to the moon due to its white innocence and its power to soothe her soul.

Kissing is an important image in this poem. The poet describes the intense passion and longing that two lovers feel for each other, and kissing physically manifests their desire. Agustini's use of sensual language and vivid imagery in her descriptions of kissing emphasizes its erotic nature and power to convey intense emotion.

The moon is pallid and sad, the moon is bloodless and cold.

I imagine the half-moon as a profile of the dead ...

And beyond the rekilled and praised pallor

Of Arab pearls, I prefer the rose in recent bud.

Jenny Kiss’d Me

by Leigh Hunt

‘Jenny Kiss’d Me’ by Leigh Hunt is a powerful declaration of happiness in the face of the passage of time. A great deal of joy can be found in a single happy memory, the speaker suggests. 

While the poem does not solely focus on kissing, a kiss is one of the poet's major images. Jenny kissed the speaker for one reason or another, and he still feels incredibly thankful for this happy memory.

Jenny kiss’d me when we met,

Jumping from the chair she sat in;

Time, you thief, who love to get

Sweets into your list, put that in!



by Carol Ann Duffy

The poem, ‘Answer’ by Carol Ann Duffy gives an answer to an implied, rather enigmatic question: “Will I always love

If you were made of stone,

your kiss a fossil sealed up in your lips,

your eyes a sightless marble to my touch,

your grey hands pooling raindrops for the birds,

your long legs cold as rivers locked in ice,

if you were stone, if you were made of stone, yes, yes.

Fish Bouncing Kiss

by Riyas Qurana

‘Fish Bouncing Kiss’ by Riyas Qurana describes a moment between lovers which contains hundreds of other memories retold beneath a tree.


by Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy, poet to ‘Hour’ never reveals the gender of either the narrator of the poem, nor their partner. Could

Love’s time’s beggar, but even a single hour,

bright as a dropped coin, makes love rich.

We find an hour together, spend it not on flowers

or wine, but the whole of the summer sky and a grass ditch.

Humayun to Zobeida

by Sarojini Naidu

‘Humayun to Zobeida’ by Sarojini Naidu depicts a man who is upset with a woman who will not allow him to further their relationship.

I Love You

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

‘I Love You’ by Ella Wheeler Wilcox describes the passionate, warm, and youthful love that exists between a speaker and her intended listener. 


by Ted Hughes

‘Lovesong’ by Ted Hughes is a six stanza poem that is separated into uneven sets of lines. The text is framed by two-line couplets that contain increasingly longs verses towards the third stanza. 

Modern Love: VI

by George Meredith

‘Modern Love: VI’ by George Meredith describes the speaker’s anguish after realizing that the woman he loves has moved on to another man. 

Quai de la Tournelle

by John Dos Passos

‘Quai de la Tournelle’ by John Dos Passos is a poem about a lost love and how the sights and sounds of the Seine River in Paris bring that love to mind.

Song: to Celia

by Ben Jonson

‘Song: to Celia’ by Ben Jonson describes the deep love which exists between the speaker and his lover and how it transcends normal bounds.

Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known

by William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth mentions the character “Lucy” many times throughout his poems, such as in Strange Fits of Passion Have I

Strange fits of passion have I known:

And I will dare to tell,

But in the lover’s ear alone,

What once to me befell.

Summer Morn in New Hampshire

by Claude McKay

‘Summer Morn in New Hampshire’ by Claude McKay describes how one speaker is unmoved by the brilliance of day as he is too consumed by his love for another. 

The Kiss

by Sara Teasdale

‘The Kiss’ by Sara Teasdale is a passionate love poem. The piece describes how devoted a speaker is to her lover and how she’d never choose anyone or anything over him. 

The Willing Mistress

by Aphra Behn

‘The Willing Mistress’ by Aphra Behn is a playfully suggestive poem about a casual encounter between two lovers in a grove.

To Caroline

by Lord Byron

Most people wouldn’t think of the kind of man to embark on wildly flamboyant sexual affairs as being one to

What My Lips Have Kissed, and Where, and Why

by Edna St. Vincent Millay

‘What My Lips Have Kissed, and Where, and Why’ is an Italian sonnet about being unable to recall what made one happy in the past.

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,

I have forgotten, and what arms have lain

Under my head till morning; but the rain

Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh


by Carol Ann Duffy

‘Write’ by Carol Ann Duffy is a celebration of love and the power that writing has to depict and understand its emotional intensity. 

Write that the sun bore down on me,

kissing and kissing, and my face

reddened, blackened, whitened to ash,

was blown away by the passionate wind

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