Romantic poetry is artistic, literary and philosophical way of depicting Romanticism, love and affection. The highly expressive poems can be extremely romantic and soothing to the lovers. Many poets such as W.B. Yeats, William Shakespeare and E.E. Cummings have composed splendid romantic love poems to the world. There are thousands of love poems written by many renowned poets around the world. It can be highly difficult to decide the most romantic love poems from the long list of romantic poems. Some of the poems are world-famous, historical, musical and have been inducted into student text-books. Which are the top most romantic love poems in the world? This is dedicated to all the legendary lovers and also to the lovers out there.
Here is the list of 10 most romantic love poems in the world:
10. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by William Butler Yeats
“He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” is a great love poem by W. B. Yeats in 1899. The poem belongs to his third volume of poetry, The Wind Among the Reeds. The poem is also named as “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven”. This poem is one of the most romantic love poems in the world.
He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
from “The Wind Among the Reeds”
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
9. Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Gladly Beyond by E.E. Cummings
E.E. Cummings published the love poems in 1931 in his poetry collection, ViVa. Cummings is best known for his love poetry. Many critics claim that “Somehwere I have never travelled, gladly beyond” is considered as Cummings’ greatest love poem ever. The love poem details great details of profound love and affection for the speaker’s beloved.
Somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near
your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose
or if your wish be to close me,i and
my life will shut very beautifully,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;
nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing
(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands
8. Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sonnets from the Portuguese was written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning that consists of 44 love sonnets. The poems were written from 1845–1846 and first published in 1850. Sonnet 43, is considered one of the most romantic love poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
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.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
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.
7. Valentine by Elinor Wylie
Elinor Wylie is one of the most influential poets during the 16th and 17th century. Her poem “Valentine” is considered as one of the greatest love work in the literary world. The deep inner meanings of the poem are strong, lovely and touching.
Too high, too high to pluck
My heart shall swing.
A fruit no bee shall suck,
No wasp shall sting.
If on some night of cold
It falls to ground
In apple-leaves of gold
I’ll wrap it round.
And I shall seal it up
With spice and salt,
In a carven silver cup,
In a deep vault.
Before my eyes are blind
And my lips mute,
I must eat core and rind
Of that same fruit.
Before my heart is dust
At the end of all,
Eat it I must, I must
Were it bitter gall.
But I shall keep it sweet
By some strange art;
Wild honey I shall eat
When I eat my heart.
O honey cool and chaste
As clover’s breath!
Sweet Heaven I shall taste
Before my death.
6. To Celia by Ben Jonson
To Celia is a poem published by Ben Jonson in the year 1616. The poem was set to music after 1770, in the form of the song Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, the poem’s first line.
Drink to me only with thine eyes
And I will pledge with mine.
Or leave a kiss but in the cup
And I’ll not look for wine.
The thirst that from the soul doth rise
Doth ask a drink divine;
But might I of Jove’s nectar sup,
I would not change for thine.
I sent thee late a rosy wreath,
Not so much hon’ring thee As giving it a hope that there
It could not withered be;
But thou thereon did’st only breathe,
And sent’st it back to me,
Since when it grows and smells, I swear
Not of itself, but thee.
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