Trust Poems

Poems about trust celebrate the foundation of meaningful relationships. They highlight the power of trust to build bonds of love, friendship, and understanding.

These verses express the vulnerability of entrusting one’s heart to another, embracing the strength and beauty that comes from mutual reliance. Poems about trust may explore the deep connection it fosters, offering a testament to the power of faith and reliability in forging lasting connections. These poems inspire the belief in the inherent goodness of humanity and the profound impact of trust on our lives.

The Confessional

by Robert Browning

‘The Confessional’ by Robert Browning is a dramatic monologue following a woman who is betrayed for her blind faith.

Trust in 'The Confessional' leads to the main character's downfall. The woman has such blind trust in the priest that she does not question his orders or solutions. Instead, she follows everything he says to do, and this is how her lover ends up getting publicly hanged.

It is a lie—their Priests, their Pope,

Their Saints, their... all they fear or hope

Are lies, and lies—there! through my door

And ceiling, there! and walls and floor,

My True Love Hath My Heart

by Philip Sidney

‘My True Love Hath My Heart’ by Sir Philip Sidney is a Shakespearean sonnet. It captures the intensity and depth of two people who experience love at first sight.

Trust goes hand-in-hand with equality in this Philip Sidney poem. The speaker trusts their lover because they’ve given them their heart (and vice versa). The two are connected in an intimate and permanent way.

My true-love hath my heart and I have his,

By just exchange one for the other given:

I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss;

There never was a bargain better driven.

City of Ships

by Walt Whitman

‘City of Ships’ by Walt Whitman praises the city of New York giving specific focus and awe to its crowded harbors.

The speaker of Walt Whitman's poem seeks to both remind and strengthen the trust that exists between themselves and the city they celebrate. The purpose of this is to give their later calls for war a better footing from which to convince the city to engage and fight. Many of the lines near the end of the poem highlight the speaker's longstanding belief and pride in the city.

City of ships!

(O the black ships! O the fierce ships!

O the beautiful sharp-bow'd steam-ships and sail-ships!)

City of the world! (for all races are here,

How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!

by William Shakespeare

‘How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!’ by William Shakespeare is an excerpt from The Merchant of Venice, a famous Shakespearean play. The lines are found in Act V Scene 1 and are spoken by Lorenzo.

The speaker notes that there is no reason to trust any person not moved by music. It is a tester for ones moral code, the poet implies.

How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!

Here will we sit and let the sounds of music

Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night

Become the touches of sweet harmony.

Elegy V: His Picture

by John Donne

‘Elegy V’ by John Donne is addressed to the poet’s lover. He asks her to accept him when he returns, despite the fact that he’s going to look and act differently.

Here take my picture; though I bid farewell

Thine, in my heart, where my soul dwells, shall dwell.

'Tis like me now, but I dead, 'twill be more

When we are shadows both, than 'twas before.

I like a look of Agony

by Emily Dickinson

‘I like a look of Agony’ by Emily Dickinson expresses a speaker’s perception of pain. She sees it and knows that it’s real. This is something she takes comfort in. 

I like a look of Agony,

Because I know it's true—

Men do not sham Convulsion,

Nor simulate, a Throe—

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O Me! O Life!

by Walt Whitman

‘O Me! O Life!’ by Walt Whitman is a poem where being capable of boosting the quality of “life” is presented through juxtaposed ideas.

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,

Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,

Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)


by Rudyard Kipling

‘Recessional’ by Rudyard Kipling was written in 1897 for the Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and speaks on the state of the British Empire. 

God of our fathers, known of old,

Lord of our far-flung battle line,

Beneath whose awful hand we hold

Dominion over palm and pine,

Sonnet 105

by William Shakespeare

Read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 105, ‘Let not my love be called idolatry,’ with a summary and complete analysis of the poem.

Let not my love be called idolatry,

Nor my beloved as an idol show,

Since all alike my songs and praises be

To one, of one, still such, and ever so.

Sonnet 117

by William Shakespeare

‘Sonnet 117,’ also known as ‘Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all,’ is a poem that delves into the complexities of relationships. The poet’s speaker emphasizes everything he’s done wrong and makes use his beloved understands them all.

Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all,

Wherein I should your great deserts repay,

Forgot upon your dearest love to call,

Whereto all bonds do tie me day by day;

Sonnet 128

by William Shakespeare

‘Sonnet 128,’ also known as ‘How oft when thou, my music, music play’st,’ is a sensuous poem. In it, the speaker describes the way his mistress plays the harpsichord and how he longs to touch her.

How oft when thou, my music, music play'st,

Upon that blessed wood whose motion sounds

With thy sweet fingers when thou gently sway'st

The wiry concord that mine ear confounds,

Sonnet 141

by William Shakespeare

Read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 141, ‘In faith I do not love thee with mine eyes,’ with a summary and complete analysis of the poem.

In faith I do not love thee with mine eyes,

For they in thee a thousand errors note;

But 'tis my heart that loves what they despise,

Who, in despite of view, is pleased to dote.

The Constant Lover

by John Suckling

‘The Constant Lover’ by Sir John Suckling presents an interesting view of love. It’s told from the perspective of a man who has recently fallen for a new woman.

The Mechanic

by Diane Wakoski

‘The Mechanic’ by Diane Wakoski discusses men’s intuitive powers and the complexity of women’s hearts. The poet uses an extended metaphor comparing men to mechanics and women to the complex engines of cars. 

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

by Robert Browning

‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’ by Robert Browning is an entertaining poem about the importance of telling the truth and keeping one’s promises.

Hamelin Town's in Brunswick,

   By famous Hanover city;

The river Weser, deep and wide,

Washes its wall on the southern side;

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