If you are looking for just the right words to express “the depth and breadth and height” of your emotions on your wedding day, you need look no further. We've compiled a repository of love poems for every type of bride. Some poems are as sentimental as vows, while others are certain to simply delight. We hope that you'll find one to express exactly what is in your heart on your special day.
You've been planning the details of this day since you first heard the words “happily ever after.” As a little girl, you spent countless hours walking down the “aisle” of your bedroom. At last you have found your Prince Charming, and now you need a poem as wonderful as the person you are about to marry. So when it comes to the subject of love, you prefer to turn to the masters.
Sonnet 116, by William Shakespeare
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
admit impediments. Love is not love
which alters when it alteration finds,
or bends with the remover to remove:
Oh, no! it is an ever-fixed mark
that looks on tempests and is never shaken:
it is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not times fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
but bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error, and upon me prov'd,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov'd.
Translation of Love Sonnet LXXI, by Pablo Neruda
And now you're mine. Rest with your dream in my dream.
Love and pain and work should all sleep, now.
The night turns on its invisible wheels,
and you are pure beside me as sleeping amber.
No one else, Love, will sleep in my dreams. You will go,
we will go together, over the waters of time.
No one else will travel through the shadows with me,
only you, evergreen, ever sun, ever moon.
Your hands have already opened their delicate fists
and let their soft drifting signs drop away;
your eyes close like two gray wings, and I move
after, following the water you carry, that carries
me away. The night, the world, the wind spin out their destiny.
Without you, I am your dream, only that, and that is all.
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.
You have done it
By being yourself.
i carry your heart with me, by E.E. Cummings
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)
i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)
i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
Your mother is right—you have always had a flair for the dramatic. You want to yield to the power of words on this day and find a poem that will strike the precise emotional chords of your love. Ideally, this poem will reach right into the hearts and minds of everyone who has come to witness your union. And as the words float up and away, into the atmosphere above, you secretly hope to hear a collective sigh of reflection escape from the crowd.
Love Song, by Rainer Maria Rilke
How can I keep my soul in me, so that
it doesn't touch your soul? How can I raise
it high enough, past you, to other things?
I would like to shelter it, among remote
lost objects, in some dark and silent place
that doesn't resonate when your depths resound.
Yet everything that touches us, me and you,
takes us together like a violin's bow,
which draws one voice out of two separate strings.
Upon what instrument are we two spanned?
And what musician holds us in his hand?
Oh sweetest song.
No, I'll Not Take the Half, by Yevgeny Yevtushenko
No, I'll not take the half of anything!
Give me the whole sky! The far-flung earth!
Seas and rivers and mountain avalanches -
All these are mine! I'll accept no less!
No, life, you cannot woo me with a part.
Let it be all or nothing! I can shoulder that!
I don't want happiness by halves.
Nor is half of sorrow what I want.
Yet there's a pillow I would share,
Where gently pressed against a cheek,
Like a helpless star, a falling star,
A ring glimmers on a finger of your hand.
Admonitions to a Special Person, by Anne Sexton
Love? Be it man. Be it woman.
It must be a wave you want to glide in on,
give your body to it, give your laugh to it,
give, when the gravelly sand takes you,
your tears to the land. To love another is something
like prayer and can't be planned, you just fall
into its arms because your belief undoes your disbelief.
Your wedding day will nod to tradition but still include the personal details that make your love unique. You prefer a simple elegance to a lot of hoopla and flair. For this reason, you want the words read at your ceremony to be a natural and succinct declaration of your commitment to one another. Forget the flowery prose; you want a poem that is straightforward and beautiful in its simplicity.
Title Unknown, by Carl Sandburg
I love you.
I love you for what you are,
but I love you yet more for what you are going to be.
I love you not so much for your realities as for your ideals.
I pray for your desires, that they may be great,
rather than for your satisfactions,
which may be so hazardously little.
A satisfied flower is one whose petals are about to fall.
But the most beautiful rose is one,
hardly more than a bud,
wherein the pangs and ecstasies of desire are working for larger and finer growth.
Not always shall you be what you are now.
You are going forward toward something great.
I am on the way with you and... I love you.
On Love, by Thomas à Kempis
Love is a mighty power, a great and complete good.
Love alone lightens every burden, and makes rough places smooth.
It bears every hardship as though it were nothing, and renders all
bitterness sweet and acceptable.
Nothing is sweeter than love,
Nothing more pleasant,
Nothing fuller or better in heaven or earth; for love is born of God.
Love flies, runs and leaps for joy.
It is free and unrestrained.
Love knows no limits, but ardently transcends all bounds.
Love feels no burden, takes no account of toil,
attempts things beyond its strength.
Love sees nothing as impossible,
for it feels able to achieve all things.
It is strange and effective,
while those who lack love faint and fail.
Love is not fickle and sentimental,
nor is it intent on vanities.
Like a living flame and a burning torch,
it surges upward and surely surmounts every obstacle.
Love Me, by Walter Rinder
Love me because I try to touch life within the framework of uncertainty.
Love in me the shadows of my indecision as I strive to gain knowledge.
Love in me the silence of my hurts and the noise of my confusions.
Love me for the feeling of my heart not the fears of my mind.
Love me in my search for the truth though I may stumble upon fallacy.
Love me as I pursue my dreams sometimes hampered by illusions.
Love me as I grow to know myself even during times of stagnation.
Love me because I seek God's harmony not man's discord.
Love me for my body that I wish to share with affection, wrapping you in warmth.
Love me because we are different, as we are the same.
Love me that our time together will be spent in growing, kindling the world with understanding.
Love me not with expectations but with hope.
I will love you the same
Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.
Your wedding ceremony is a declaration of your love for one another—and your love for the planet that we all share. Whether you are planning to marry on a mountaintop or in a field of wildflowers, one thing is certain: Your perfect wedding location includes a canopy of sky above. You want the words read aloud at your wedding to be as honest and pure as nature itself.
Carry Her Over the Water, by W.H. Auden
Carry her over the water,
And set her down under the tree,
Where the culvers white all day and all night,
And the winds from every quarter,
Sing agreeably, agreeably, agreeably of love.
Put a gold ring on her finger,
And press her close to your heart,
While the fish in the lake snapshots take,
And the frog, that sanguine singer,
Sing agreeably, agreeably, agreeably of love.
The streets shall flock to your marriage,
The houses turn round to look,
The tables and chairs say suitable prayers,
And the horses drawing your carriage
Sing agreeably, agreeably, agreeably of love.
The Invitation, by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your hearts longing.
It doesn't interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking a fool for love,
for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn't interest me what planets are square in your moon.
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow,
if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed down from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving, to hide it, fade it, or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true yourself;
if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is not pretty every day, and if you can source your life on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the moon in God's presence.
It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children.
It doesn't interest me who you know, or how you came here.
I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself, and if you truly like the company you keep in empty moments.
On Marriage, by Kahlil Gibran, from “The Prophet”
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of heavens dance between you.
You are the bride that thinks outside of the bouquet, and you intend to march down the aisle to a slightly different beat. You know that you can't reinvent the wedding wheel, but you would like to incorporate a few things into your ceremony that haven't been seen—or heard—before. You have actually considered wearing a wedding dress that's not white, and you just may have a wedding pie instead of a cake. So consider reading one of these poems at your wedding, and watch the smiles linger on the faces of those you love.
Tin Wedding Whistle, by Ogden Nash
Though you know it anyhow
Listen to me, darling, now,
Proving what I need not prove
How I know I love you, love.
Near and far, near and far,
I am happy where you are;
Likewise I have never learnt
How to be it where you aren't.
Far and wide, far and wide,
I can walk with you beside;
Furthermore, I tell you what,
I sit and sulk where you are not.
Visitors remark my frown
Where you're upstairs and I am down,
Yes, and I'm afraid I pout
When I'm indoors and you are out;
But how contentedly I view
Any room containing you.
In fact I care not where you be,
Just as long as it's with me.
In all your absences I glimpse
Fire and flood and trolls and imps.
Is your train a minute slothful?
I goad the stationmaster wrathful.
When with friends to bridge you drive
I never know if you're alive,
And when you linger late in shops
I long to telephone the cops.
Yet how worth the waiting for,
To see you coming through the door.
Somehow, I can be complacent
Never but with you adjacent.
Near and far, near and far,
I am happy where you are;
Likewise I have never learnt
How to be it where you aren't.
Then grudge me not my fond endeavor,
To hold you in my sight forever;
Let none, not even you, disparage
Such valid reason for a marriage.
Resignation, by Nikki Giovanni
I love you
because the Earth turns round the sun
because the North wind blows North
because the Pope is Catholic
and most Rabbis Jewish
because winters flow into springs
and the air clears after a storm
because only my love for you
despite the charms of gravity
keeps me from falling off the Earth
into another dimension
I love you
because it is the natural order of things.
The Quiet World, by Jeffrey McDaniel
In an effort to get people to look
into each other's eyes more,
and also to appease the mutes,
the government has decided
to allot each person exactly one hundred
and sixty-seven words, per day.
When the phone rings, I put it in to my ear
Without saying hello. In the restaurant
I point at chicken noodle soup.
I am adjusting well to the new way.
Late at night, I call my long distance lover,
proudly say I only used fifty-nine today.
I saved the rest for you.
When she doesn't respond,
I know she's used up all her words,
so I slowly whisper I love you
thirty-two and a third times.
After that, we just sit on the line
and listen to each other breathe.
How do I Love Thee, 'Sonnet 43' is a romantic poem, written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. In the poem she is trying to describe the abstract feeling of love by measuring how much her love means to her. She also expresses all the different ways of loving someone and she tells us about her thoughts around her beloved.What does love thee mean? ›
The meaning of "How Do I Love Thee" is that the speaker's love is so deep and true that it will continue after death. The speaker opens the sonnet with the question of how the speaker loves the love interest, the listener, and then proceeds to answer by describing the speaker's love.How do you write a poem about something you love? ›
- Read other love poems for inspiration. ...
- Think about your feelings for the person/subject of your poem. ...
- Start small. ...
- Write first, edit later. ...
- Read your poems out loud. ...
- Utilize literary devices. ...
- Use sensory descriptions. ...
- Make it deeply personal.
The poem is a conventional Petrarchan sonnet that lists the different ways in which the poet loves her husband. It follows in a tradition of sonnet-writing that reaches back to the poetry of the Renaissance, showing affection for one's beloved whilst also displaying one's own poetic skill.How does the poet express her love in How Do I Love Thee? ›
From the poem's first lines, the speaker describes her love in terms that sound spiritual or religious. For example, she asserts: “I love thee to the depth and breadth and height / My soul can reach.” Crucially, it is her “soul” that is expanding as a result of her love.How can you tell I love you without saying it? ›
- Be an Active Listener.
- Ask Your S.O. How They Are Doing.
- Don't Scroll and Talk.
- Make Time for Them.
- Hang Out with Their Friends.
- Send Them Random Cute Messages.
- Leave a Love Note.
- Show Affection in Public.
- I love you. Sweet, simple and easy to remember. ...
- I'm in love with you. This phrase is a bit more intense than the simple, “I love you”. ...
- You're the love of my life. ...
- I love you to the moon and back. ...
- I'm crazy about you. ...
- I'm head over heels for you. ...
- You're my other half. ...
- I will always love you.
I shall but love thee better after death. Not only will she love him well into eternity, she writes, but she will also love him even better than she does presently. Her love will continue to grow with the passing of time, regardless of whether or not she or he is still alive.What does the phrase lost saints mean in How Do I Love Thee? ›
It has given her back the "love [she] seemed to lose / With [her] lost saints." By referring to her "lost saints," the speaker implies that she lost her faith at some point in her life. But this new love, again, has reignited and restored it.What does my soul can reach mean? ›
The theme of this poem is true love lasts forever. Browning states that she loves her husband with “the depth and breadth and height/My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight”. She is saying that she loves everything about him; even when she can not touch him or even see him, she still loves him as much as ever.
Some of the most popular include sonnet and free-verse. You can try writing a love haiku or an acrostic love poem. Pick a form that you feel suits the subject of the poem and your skills as a poet. You may also choose a form based on whether you want the poem to rhyme or have a very rigid structure.How can I impress a poem? ›
- Mental imagery was most appealing as were emotional and positive poems.
- People tended to dislike poems with a negative tone that did not evoke imagery.
- More than 400 participants rated poems of two genres - haiku and sonnet.
“How Do I Love Thee?” is a sonnet and Porphyria's Lover is a dramatic monologue. Both the romantic poems were published in early 19th century.How is the theme of love presented in I think of thee '? ›
The poem expresses the speaker's desire to see and be physically close to an absent lover. It argues that when it comes to love, reality is sweeter than fantasy, and suggests that true love requires deep vulnerability and passion—as well as a willingness to reject restrictive social conventions.What is the hyperbole in How Do I Love Thee? ›
Lines 12-14: We can't help but think that claiming you're going to love someone "better after death," whether it's your death or their own, is something of a hyperbole.What is the imagery of the poem How Do I Love Thee? ›
For example, in the poem “How Do I Love Thee”, the use of imagery can be seen where the bride is trying to describe how she loves the bridegroom. In the second line of the first verse, the bride says that she loves the bridegroom to the depth, the breadth, and the height that her soul can reach.What inspires the author to write the poem How Do I Love Thee? ›
Inspired by her love for Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett wrote the 44 love poems which were collected in Sonnets From the Portuguese and which were eventually published in 1850.How do you say I love you in code words? ›
Well, the number 143 is the code for saying "I love you". The number 14344 is a numeronym representing the number of letters in each word of the phrase "I love you very much." "I love you very much" is also abbreviated as ILYVM. There are several other numbers in cyber terms that are used to express love.How do you say I love you in sweetest way? ›
- I love you.
- I love so much.
- I love you a lot.
- I love you too.
- I love you forever.
- I love you unconditionally.
- I love you to the moon and back.
- I love you with all my heart.
- "You will never age for me, nor fade, nor die." — Shakespeare in Love.
- "True love is putting someone else before yourself." — Frozen.
- "The love we give away is the only love we keep." — Elbert Hubbard.
- "Love understands love; it needs no talk." — Frances Havergal.
- "I need you." Sometimes we feel like dependence on another person is a weakness. ...
- "I'll sacrifice for you." ...
- "I like you." ...
- "I forgive you." ...
- "Let me help you." ...
- "I am committed to you." ...
- "I think about you all the time." ...
- "I'd pick you all over again."
1 tenderness, fondness, predilection, warmth, passion, adoration. 2 liking, inclination, regard, friendliness.What is the difference between I love you and I am in love with you? ›
When in love with someone, you can easily fall out of love. This kind of love allows you to romanticize your partner and the relationship. But when you love someone, you cannot see a future without them. This is the main difference between being in love with someone and loving someone.How long does it take to fall in love? ›
The bottom line? Falling in love can happen relatively quickly — some say they feel it on a first date, while most agree it takes at least eight weeks. But you can fall out of love just as easily.Who said by heaven I love thee better than myself? ›
Romeo says to Paris, "By heaven I love thee better than myself." He responded similarly to Tybalt's insults in Act III, Scene 1, "But [I] love thee better than thou canst devise."What poem says better to have loved and lost? ›
In an elegy titled In Memoriam A.H.H., Lord, Alfred Tennyson wrote the line, “'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” “A.H.H” stands for Arthur Henry Hallum, Tennyson's closest friend who died suddenly in 1833 at the age of 22.What does grief is the final act of love mean? ›
Grief is love; a reluctance to let go. Grief is the final act of love we give to those who have passed. Coping with the loss of someone or something you love is one of life's greatest sufferings. Often, the pain of loss can feel too much; an intense feeling of sadness and overwhelming sorrow.What does love is my sin and thy dear virtue hate mean? ›
Summary and Analysis Sonnet 142
He supports the woman's rejection of his love because he deems his love for her unworthy of him: "Love is my sin and thy dear virtue hate, / Hate of my sin, grounded on sinful loving." He cannot help loving her, but he despises himself for doing so.
As the speaker explains, she loves her beloved "to the level of everyday's / most quiet need." This is a reminder that, even though she loves him with a passionate, abstract intensity (see lines 2-4), she also loves him in a regular, day-to-day way.How do I communicate with my soul? ›
- Remember “I am not my thoughts.”
- Distance from, and dis-identify with, your thoughts.
- Accept yourself completely.
- Find your inner voice and state your truth before your higher self.
- Wait as long as it takes. Let your soul guide you.
The "Voice of My Soul" is an explicit invitation to adopt high morals that conform to God's teaching. Thirsty for spiritual guidance, our society, tired of this existing depravation, should innovate God's power to free our soul from the fascination of evil wicked thoughts and fake dazzling lights.How do you know where your soul is? ›
- Do some introspection. Introspection is perhaps the best way you can search your soul. ...
- Perform a self-analysis.
- Take a look at your past. We become what we experience in life. ...
- Get focused in life. ...
- Explore things that excite you. ...
- Take help from a confidant.
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." "We are most alive when we are in love." "The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love." "There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved."How do you tell someone they're important to you? ›
- “I know I don't say it enough, but I want to let you know that you mean the absolute world to me. ...
- “You are important to me and you matter to me in every way.” ...
- “I think I could stare into your eyes and find forever with you.”
Many people have happy, fulfilling, healthy romantic relationships without having sex with their partners (or only having sex with their partners once in a while). There are many reasons why people don't want to, or don't, have sex. This may include: having a low libido (also known as “sex drive”)What is the most saddest poem ever written? ›
“Spring and Fall,” written by Gerard Manley Hopkins in September, 1880, and collected in his Poems and Prose, is the saddest poem ever written.What is the most famous love sonnet? ›
"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Sonnet 18)" by William Shakespeare. Although William Shakespeare may not have have written any romance novels, there are few more celebrated love poets and 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' is perhaps the most iconic and recognizable opening line of any love poem.What is true love poems? ›
A true love poem is a piece of poetry written with the intention of expressing emotions associated with a true love connection. While most love poems are upbeat and passionate, others are darker and expressed the more painful sides of deep relationships.What makes a woman beautiful poem? ›
The beauty of a woman Is not in the clothes she wears, The figure that she carries, Or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, Because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.How is Sonnet 18 a love poem? ›
Shakespeare uses Sonnet 18 to praise his beloved's beauty and describe all the ways in which their beauty is preferable to a summer day. The stability of love and its power to immortalize someone is the overarching theme of this poem.
Sonnet 18 is indeed a love poem, as most of Shakespeare's sonnets were. It is a poem about loving someone so much that the speaker seeks to immortalize him in a poem so that he can never truly die. The subject of the speaker's love is extremely beautiful and, in the poet's eyes, worthy of great praise.How is love expressed in Sonnet 43? ›
In the poem, the speaker is proclaiming her unending passion for her beloved. She tells her lover just how deeply her love goes, and she also tells him how she loves him. She loves him with all of her beings, and she hopes God will grant her the ability to love him even after she has passed.What sonnet talks about love? ›
Sonnet 18: The Valentine's Day Sonnet
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? It is a quintessential love poem and that is why it so often used on Valentine's Day. Sonnet 18 is also a perfect example of Shakespeare's ability to explain human emotion so succinctly.
A sonnet is a poem, often a love poem, of 14 rhyming lines. Is that a love letter from your secret admirer or a formal sonnet? The word sonnet comes from the Italian sonetto, meaning “little song.” The origin makes sense, since the first sonnets were developed by the Italian poet Petrarch.Which sonnet is about love? ›
Sonnet 116 is one of Shakespeare's most famous love sonnets, but some scholars have argued the theme has been misunderstood.Is Sonnet 18 about a man or woman? ›
The sonnet's enduring power comes from Shakespeare's ability to capture the essence of love so clearly and succinctly. After much debate among scholars, it is now generally accepted that the subject of the poem is male.What type of poem is love Sonnet 18? ›
Sonnet 18 is a typical English or Shakespearean sonnet, having 14 lines of iambic pentameter: three quatrains followed by a couplet. It also has the characteristic rhyme scheme: ABAB CDCD EFEF GG. The poem reflects the rhetorical tradition of an Italian or Petrarchan Sonnet.How does Sonnet 18 make you feel? ›
The poem features an affectionate mood portrayed by the poet throughout the poem. The tone of the Sonnet 18 is that of the romantic intimacy of a young man intrigued by a woman's beauty. The mood and the tone, therefore, play a significant role in describing the setting of the poem.What does the poet say about love? ›
"Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself, Love possesses not nor would it be possessed: For love is sufficient unto love."What is the personification of the poem How Do I Love Thee? ›
Browning also uses personification in the second and third lines. She says "I love thee to the depth and breadth and height/My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight". Browning is saying that even when she cannot touch him with her hand or any part of her body, her soul will still reach him.
Sonnets from the Portuguese are a sequence of 44 sonnets which were written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning during the course of her courtship with the poet Robert Browning. Sonnet 43 is the perhaps the most famous, with the opening line 'How do I love thee? Let me count the ways'.What is the tone of the poem The love Song? ›
Answer and Explanation: The tone of Prufrock is overwhelmingly melancholy. Eliot achieves this, for the most part, by word choice and pace. There is a languid, defeatist strain in the narration, which is told in the first-person, a common technique among poets because of its immediacy in getting at the personal.What is the rhyme pattern of How Do I Love Thee? ›
Unlike both chief types of sonnet form, How do I Love Thee? is composed of two quatrains and one sestet, rhyming in abba abba ababab. Each line of the sonnet, of which metri- cal foot is iambic pentameter, is isochronous.What poetic devices are used in I do not love thee? ›
Likewise, the poem begins with a litote as well as a rhetorical exclamation. In the third line of the first stanza, there is assonance in “envy even” and consonance in “bright blue”. The poet uses personification in the line following it.