Valentine's Day
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Valentine’s Day is almost here and even if your valentine isn’t normally one for romantic poetry, everyone gets a bit sappy when struck with cupid’s arrow. Despite the commercialization of the holiday, Valentine’s Day is about reminding your partner just how much they mean to you, and how dearly they are loved.

So once a year on February 14, it’s ok to be a little corny, everyone will forgive you, and your boyfriend or husband will love the romantic gesture. While the old age saying, the best gift is from the heart still rings true, writing original poetry can certainly be difficult, that’s why we have collected 8 poems that express your true feelings of love and admiration on Valentine’s Day.

A Charm Invests A Face, Emily Dickinson

A charm invests a face

Imperfectly beheld.

The lady dare not lift her veil

For fear it be dispelled.

But peers beyond her mesh,

And wishes, and denies,

Lest interview annul a want

That image satisfies

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, Christopher Marlowe

Come live with me and be my love,

And we will all the pleasures prove

That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,

Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

And we will sit upon rocks,

Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks,

By shallow rivers to whose falls

Melodious birds sing madrigals.

And I will make thee beds of roses

And a thousand fragrant poises,

A cap of flowers, and a kirtle

Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle;

A gown made of the finest wool

Which from our pretty lambs we pull;

Fair lined slippers for the cold,

With buckles of the purest gold;

A belt of straw and ivy buds,

With coral clasps and amber studs;

And if these pleasures may thee move,

Come live with me, and be my love.

The shepherds’ swains shall dance and sing

For thy delight each May morning:

If these delights thy mind may move,

Then live with me and be my love.

Eros, Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sense of the world is short,

Long and various the report,

To love and be beloved;

Men and gods have not outlearned it,

And how oft soe'er they've turned it,

'Tis not to be improved.

Love’s Philosophy, Percy B. Shelley

The fountains mingle with the river

And the rivers with the ocean,

The winds of Heaven mix for ever

With a sweet emotion;

Nothing in the world is single,

All things by a law divine

In one spirit meet and mingle -

Why not I with thine?

See the mountains kiss high Heaven

And the waves clasp one another;

No sister-flower would be forgiven

If it disdained its brother;

And the sunlight clasps the earth,

And the moonbeams kiss the sea -

What are all these kissings worth

If thou kiss not me?

As Much As You Can, Constantine P. Cavafy

Even if you cannot shape your life as you want it, at least try this

as much as you can; do not debase it

in excessive contact with the world,

in the excessive movements and talk.

Do not debase it by taking it,

dragging it often and exposing it

to the daily folly

of relationships and associations,

until it becomes burdensome as an alien life.

I Cannot Live With You, Emily Dickinson

I cannot live with you,

It would be life,

And life is over there

Behind the shelf

The sexton keeps the key to,

Putting up

Our life, his porcelain,

Like a cup

Discarded of the housewife,

Quaint or broken;

A newer Sevres pleases,

Old ones crack.

I could not die with you,

For one must wait

To shut the other's gaze down,

You could not.

And I, could I stand by

And see you freeze,

Without my right of frost,

Death's privilege?

Nor could I rise with you,

Because your face

Would put out Jesus'.

That new grace

Glow plain and foreign

On my homesick eye,

Except that you, than he

Shone closer by.

I Loved You First, Christina Rossetti

I loved you first: but afterwards your love

Outsoaring mine, sang such a loftier song

As drowned the friendly cooings of my dove.

Which owes the other most? my love was long,

And yours one moment seemed to wax more strong;

I loved and guessed at you, you construed me

And loved me for what might or might not be -

Nay, weights and measures do us both a wrong.

For verily love knows not 'mine' or 'thine;'

With separate 'I' and 'thou' free love has done,

For one is both and both are one in love:

Rich love knows nought of 'thine that is not mine;'

Both have the strength and both the length thereof,

Both of us, of the love which makes us one.

Loneliness Settling, Pearl Aman

The moment the train left...

My eyes got wet...

The farther the train went...

My heart felt a southward bend...

The train was taking me far away from you...

But why was it making me so low...

I was wondering what brought those tears...

"I am losing you", is it this fear?

The pain of a promise broken...

Is making me increasingly weaken...

To stop my tears , I close my eyes...

Inside my heart..a lonliness lies...

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