10 Fantastic Love Poems You Can Read Online for Free

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's the perfect time for some love poetry. After all, love and poetry go hand in hand, don't they? Nearly every poet has tackled the concept of love in their own way, and yet, finding a good love poem is harder than you think. Love is such a complex thing, after all, and so often poems about love are about love that has been lost. But when you find a poem that speaks to you, really expresses those happy feels you feel, it's like falling in love all over again.

So this Valentine's, find the poem that speaks to you. Whether you're planning on sharing it with your special someone, or just keeping it for yourself, poetry puts into words the things that are hardest to express. From classic, capital-L Love to love's more complex moments, these poems are just a sampling of the wide range of love poetry out there.

Plus, while we're at it, let's have a shout out to the amazing magazines and organizations that make so much poetry available for free online. Poetry is meant to be shared, and their exceptional work helps us do that.

Excellent for transcribing into Valentine's Day cards, or for just reading over and over again to yourself on the train ride home, here are some lovely poems to get the love flowing this Valentine's Day.

1'Love Sonnet XVII' by Pablo Neruda

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2'The Wall Hanging I Never Noticed' by Dorothea Lasky


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3'Flirtation' by Rita Dove


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4'Architecture of a Love Poem' by Alexandra Peary

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5'Love Poem' by Audre Lorde

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Available from the Academy of American Poets:

6'Imaginary Morning Glory' by C.D. Wright

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7'Love Poem for Amanda' by Kevin Burke

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8'Last Meal: Breakfast Tacos, San Antonio, Tejas' by Laurie Ann Guerrero

Alejandre Quiroz

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10'Stridulation Sonnet' by Jessica Jacobs

Christopher Sardegna

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