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The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written  

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What are the best love poems of all time? This list includes great love poems such as "Sonnet 116," "To Althea from Prison," "The Sun Rising," and "Sonnet 40." Some of the romantic poems on this list are often read at weddings, or during marriage proposals. They all capture the beauty and magic of true love and are written by some of the greatest poets of all time, from many different eras and time periods, as love is timeless. 

Written works have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories on the page. Whether short or long form, poetry is often illusory, and full of rich imagery or hidden meaning. It is these elements which provoke readers to dig deeper. The best poems and poets are read throughout the ages. They are passed from generation to generation and taught throughout school to young students. The love poems on this list are often shared with significant others as well.

Poets and their poetry have the ability to take readers places and into worlds never imagined. Poets can often be tortured souls or great thinkers who allow readers a new view on the world. These greatest love poems provide the kind of emotional, romantic connection to the written word that few others can.

Vote up the best, most romantic, and most touching love poems below or add a poem about love that you think is the best if it isn't already on the list.
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Sometimes a Crumb Falls... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Sometimes a Crumb Falls... Langston Hughes
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An Argument is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
An Argument Thomas Moore
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When I Was One-And-Twenty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
When I Was One-And-Twenty A. E. Houseman
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It Lies Not in Our Power... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
It Lies Not in Our Power... Christopher Marlowe
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Love Me Not for Comely Grace is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Love Me Not for Comely Grace John Wilbye
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Inviting a Friend to Supper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Inviting a Friend to Supper Ben Johnson
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The Anniversary is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
The Anniversary John Donne
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The Charge of the Light Brigad... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
DanielJohnRich added Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson
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Drunk As Drunk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Drunk As Drunk Pablo Neruda
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A Statue of Eros is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
A Statue of Eros Pauahi Ballesteros
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Sonnet 29 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
William Shakespeare
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Tonight I can write the saddes... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
cucinasink added Tonight I can write the saddest lines Pablo Neruda
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On Love is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
On Love Edward Hirsch
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On Marriage is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
On Marriage Kahlil Gibran
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Love Thyself Last is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Love Thyself Last William Shakespeare
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Politics is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Politics William Butler Yeats
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Love's Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Love's Philosophy Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Gifts is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Gifts James Thomson
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Quick and Bitter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Quick and Bitter Yehuda Amichai