Did you know, some of the best poems ever written were about love? In fact, many deem poetry as the language of love, since it is all about the expression of feelings and emotions. Writing a love poem is probably one of the best ways to express how you feel towards somebody because it captures it all. Someone once said;
“At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet”
And he isn’t wrong.
You can declare your love to your secondary school crush or to your wife or your fiancé, by writing a poem.
If you don’t know-how, you can always borrow words from famous love poems in Nigeria. You can begin by searching “love poems for him” or “love poems for her'' depending on your need.
Whether you are a hopeless romantic looking for a way to spend your energy or you are a passionate lover looking for inspiration in your love life, here are a select few romantic love poems we curated for your reading pleasure.
Looking for inspiring poems, here are six poems in Nigeria that will kindle your writing spirit.
Best Love Poems For Her
Let’s begin with the ladies. Some of these romantic poems were written centuries ago by poets from all walks of life.
I Carry Your Heart With Me, by E.E. Cummings
This poem was first published in 1953 by E.E. Cummings. He was a famous American poet.
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)
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 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)
Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day? by William Shakespeare
In this one, the poet tells the love of his life how he can’t compare her to anything in nature, that she is worth more than nature can describe.
This is contrary to what most poets do, they try to ascribe some features of nature to their beloved ones, but that is what makes this poem special. Read the full poem here.
When You Are Old, by William Butler Yeats
This poem aptly describes how we want our love relationships to be, we want them to age nicely. It is what made it so popular.
When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
Read the full poem here.
Best Love Poems For Him
Now, unto the guys. Whether you are interested in wedding poems, short love poems, or you want a nice love poems collection, they are not too far from your grasp. Here we go.
Fatima, by Alfred Lord Tennyson
This famous poem was the work of none other than Alfred Lord Tennyson himself. He was a British Poet Laureate during the time of Queen Victoria’s reign.
The Poet Laureate is a royal title in the UK. Fatima is a long poem, but enticing to read.
O LOVE, Love, Love! O withering might!
O sun, that from thy noonday height
Shudderest when I strain my sight,
Throbbing thro' all thy heat and light,
Lo, falling from my constant mind,
Lo, parch'd and wither'd, deaf and blind,
I whirl like leaves in roaring wind.
Last night I wasted hateful hours
Below the city's eastern towers:
I thirsted for the brooks, the showers:
I roll'd among the tender flowers:
I crush'd them on my breast, my mouth;
I look'd athwart the burning drouth
Of that long desert to the south.
Last night, when someone spoke his name,
From my swift blood that went and came
A thousand little shafts of flame
Were shiver'd in my narrow frame.
O Love, O fire! once he drew
With one long kiss my whole soul thro'
My lips, as sunlight drinketh dew.
Before he mounts the hill, I know
He cometh quickly: from below
Sweet gales, as from deep gardens, blow
Before him, striking on my brow.
In my dry brain my spirit soon,
Down-deepening from swoon to swoon,
Faints like a daled morning moon.
The wind sounds like a silver wire,
And from beyond the noon a fire
Is pour'd upon the hills, and nigher
The skies stoop down in their desire;
And, isled in sudden seas of light,
My heart, pierced thro' with fierce delight,
Bursts into blossom in his sight.
My whole soul waiting silently,
All naked in a sultry sky,
Droops blinded with his shining eye:
I will possess him or will die.
I will grow round him in his place,
Grow, live, die looking on his face,
Die, dying clasp'd in his embrace.
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.
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's 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.
Maybe, by Carl Sandberg
This short love poem is liked because of its simplicity, and the author made it a point to speak directly to the point. And it captures just how volatile love can be sometimes.
Maybe he believes me, maybe not.
Maybe I can marry him, maybe not.
Maybe the wind on the prairie,
The wind on the sea, maybe,
Somebody, somewhere, maybe can tell.
I will lay my head on his shoulder
And when he asks me I will say yes,
Famous Love Poems
On Love, Kalil Gibran
From the title of this poem, you will know the author is not here to play around. Kalil Gibran (sometimes spelt Khalil), is a Lebanese-American poet and writer.
These days he is famous for the hundreds of quotes associated with his name on Instagram and across the web. The poem On Love is from his poetry collection book The Prophet.
Then said Almitra, Speak to us of Love.
And he raised his head and looked upon
the people, and there fell a stillness upon
them. And with a great voice he said:
When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to
Though the sword hidden among his
pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.
For even as love crowns you so shall he
crucify you. Even as he is for your growth
so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and
caresses your tenderest branches that quiver
in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and
shake them in their clinging to the earth.
Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred
fire, that you may become sacred bread for
God’s sacred feast.
All these things shall love do unto you
that you may know the secrets of your
heart, and in that knowledge become a
fragment of Life’s heart.
But if in your fear you would seek only
love’s peace and love’s pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover
your nakedness and pass out of love’s
Into the seasonless world where you
shall laugh, but not all of your laughter,
and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes
naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be
For love is sufficient unto love.
When you love you should not say,
“God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am
in the heart of God.”
And think not you can direct the course
of love, for love, if it finds you worthy,
directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfil
But if you love and must needs have
desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook
that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own under-
standing of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate
To return home at eventide with grati-
And then to sleep with a prayer for the
beloved in your heart and a song of praise
upon your lips.
Tender Moments. Love Poems, by Niyi Osundare
This is actually not just one poem but an entire collection of love poems by the famed Nigerian poet Niyi Osundare.
He is better known for his political and African poems, so this came as a surprise to everyone when they discovered the Nigerian legend had a Tender side to him. You can buy the book on Amazon.
How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barret Browning
The writer of this poem is celebrated as one of the key players in founding the romantic movement. Otherwise known as Romanticism. She was an 18th-century poet. Read her full poem here.
That’s it for this list of romantic and exciting love poems, from the sad to the vulnerable to the happy and heartbroken, written by both male and female poets from all across the world and from different times in history.
However, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to poetry. You can browse more poems and poets in your leisure time.