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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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How Do I Love Thee? is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
How Do I Love Thee? Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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Yours & Mine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Yours & Mine Alice Fulton
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She Walks in Beauty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
JeremyEbbink added George Gordon Lord Byron
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Shall I compare thee to a summ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
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When You Are Old is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
When You Are Old William Butler Yeats
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To Althea from Prison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
To Althea from Prison Richard Lovelace
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To My Dear and Loving Husband is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
To My Dear and Loving Husband Anne Bradstreet
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To the Virgins, to Make Much o... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time Robert Herrick
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Sonnet 116 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
William Shakespeare
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Song: to Celia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Song: to Celia Ben Johnson
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The Day Is Gone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
The Day Is Gone John Keats
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A Red, Red Rose is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Robert Burns
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The Love Song of J. Alfred Pru... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
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somewhere i have never travele... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
JeremyEbbink added somewhere i have never traveled,gladly beyond E. E. Cummings
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Upon Julia's Clothes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Upon Julia's Clothes Robert Herrick
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Bird Understander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Bird Understander Craig Arnold
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The Sun Rising is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
The Sun Rising John Donne
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She Was a Phantom of Delight is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
She Was a Phantom of Delight Wiliam Wordsworth
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The Clod and the Pebble is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
The Clod and the Pebble William Blake
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Any Wife to Any Husband is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Any Wife to Any Husband Robert Browning
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The Good Morrow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
The Good Morrow John Donne
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A Decade is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
A Decade Amy Lowell
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A Broken Appointment is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
A Broken Appointment Thomas Hardy
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A White Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
A White Rose John Boyle O'Reilly
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Sonnet 40 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
William Shakespeare