Places, Loved Ones by Philip Larkin

‘Places, Loved Ones’ by Philip Larkin is a poem about the complexities of marriages. No matter who the couple it, the relationship isn’t going to be perfect.

Dry-Point by Philip Larkin

‘Dry-Point’ by Philip Larkin is a poem about sexuality. It uses the image of a bubble to depict the pinnacle of one’s sexual longing

Talking in Bed by Philip Larkin

‘Talking in Bed’ by Philip Larkin depicts the difficulties a speaker has talking in bed with his lover. It’s a poem about how loneliness can invade even the most initmate moments.

Love and a Question by Robert Frost

‘Love and a Question’ by Robert Frost is a curious poem in which a couple encounters a stranger. It brings up questions of what’s right and wrong, what’s too selfish, and what’s simply common sense.

Wild Oats by Philip Larkin

‘Wild Oats’ by Philip Larkin depicts the difficulties in a specific relationship he had with two women.

The Good-Morrow by John Donne

‘The Good-Morrow’ by John Donne is a sonnet that describes the perfect relationship in which a speaker and his lover exist. 

The Canonization by John Donne

‘The Canonization’ by John Donne describes a transcendent love that eventually evolves into the idealized baseline for all other aspiring lovers. 

Love’s Language by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

‘Love’s Language’ by Ella Wheeler Wilcox describes how Love speaks through the emotions, actions and inactions of soon to be, or already established, lovers

Love by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

‘Love’ by Samuel Taylor Coleridge details the emotional and physical relationship between a speaker and the woman he woos through storytelling.

Every Day You Play by Pablo Neruda 

‘Every Day You Play’ by Pablo Neruda describes the overwhelming love a speaker has for the listener and the way his life is improved by their relationship. 

The Ghost by Sara Teasdale

‘The Ghost’ by Sara Teasdale describes a speaker’s unwelcome experience after reuniting with two ex-lovers in a city she used to know. 

La Figlia Che Piange by T.S. Eliot

‘La Figlia Che Piange’ by T. S. Eliot describes a speaker’s attempt to craft the perfect, yet tragic, love story and his obsession with its completion.

Lullaby by W.H. Auden

‘Lullaby’ by W.H. Auden describes the love that one speaker has for his imperfect “beloved” and how that love will be enough to content them both.

Daybreak by Jack London

‘Daybreak’ by Jack London describes an interaction between a speaker and the woman he loves at the dawning of an especially beautiful day.

I Knew a Woman by Theodore Roethke

‘I Knew a Woman’ by Theodore Roethke describes a relationship between a devoted man and his lover, with whom he is completely obsessed. 

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.

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.

Translation by Anne Spencer

“Translation” describes a spiritual journey undertaken by the speaker and her companion. She wonders at the transcence they encounter.

Reserve by Louise Imogen Guiney

‘Reserve’ by Louise Imogen Guiney tells of a man’s love for a listener to whom he has done some irreconcilable wrong.

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