It looks like love is in the air- February 14 is just around the corner! And where there’s love, you can be sure there’s love poetry; poets have been writing pieces declaring their love for centuries, and poetry is considered by many to be the most romantic form of literature. But how well do you know your classic love poems? This Valentine’s Day, share one of these beloved verses of love with the special someone in your life!
Match the classic love poem quote to its title and author.
1.) “I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight…
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.”
2.) “Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods or steepy mountains yields.
3.) “But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we
Of many far wiser than we…”
4.) “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.”
5.) “I have somewhere surely
Lived a life of joy with you,
All is recall’d as we flit by each other,
Fluid, affectionate, chaste, matured.”
Titles and Authors of Classic Love Poems
A.) “To a Stranger” by Walt Whitman
B.) “How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
C.) “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe
D.) “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe
E.) “Sonnet CXVI” by William Shakespeare
Though these classic love poems have long set the standard in the world of romantic verse, don’t let them have the final say! Pen a poem to the person you love most this Valentine’s Day- you can take inspiration from a classic piece or take a whole new approach to the genre.
If you like what you write, consider submitting it to our poetry contest and show your work to the world!
Answer Key: 1B, 2D, 3C, 4E, 5A