The ancient Egyptians knew how to write poems about love: “The water is deep in my love/Which carries me to you.”
So did Shakespeare, of course: “I have seen roses damasked, red and white/But no such roses see I in her cheeks.”
And today, some of the biggest songs and raps are focused on love. As pop singer Drake put it: “Sweatpants, hair tied, chilling with no makeup on / That’s when you’re the prettiest.”
Poems about love cover all of love’s aspects – Eros (romantic); Philos (friendship), and Agape (unconditional). Creating and sharing poetry is a powerful way to let people know how you feel about them. When you want to share a loving sentiment, you can compose a poem or find one already written that expresses your emotion.
The many faces of love poems
Beyond the traditional themes, poems about love can embrace life’s great events and holidays:
- Love poems can celebrate weddings: Ivory lace and baby’s breath with rosebuds in her hair/A champagne toast and gourmet foods with song and dance and cheer.
- Love poems are the ideal way to mark Valentine’s Day: It’s meant to be, your love’s the sign/My one and only Valentine.
Unconditional love poems
Beyond traditional romantic themes, poems about love can reach out to express some of our deepest personal bonds. Think about the love between a parent and child …the pure and selfless love that the years can never diminish: My mother, teacher, friend you were, in best and darkest hour/You saw in me what I could not, you were my rock and power.
That’s an example of unconditional love, which has inspired some of the great poetry of the ages.
One of the purest expressions of unconditional love centers on themes of spirituality. The poetry of Corinthians 13:4-8 demonstrates the universal message of the agape form: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
Today, you can express agape, or unconditional love, through poems marking Mother’s Day, graduations and other occasions.
Inspirational Wall Art poems
The presentation of poetry can continue to inspire both the giver and the recipient. As a piece of wall art — illustrated, matted and framed in the colors of your choice — inspirational wall art poems about love can turn from a lasting sentiment into a treasured keepsake.
So when you consider poems about love, think beyond Valentine’s Day and draw inspiration from the people whose love sustains you every day.