Romantic Poetry

Writing Love Down

romantic poetry for a romantic heartIf you aren’t inspired to write romantic poetry, feel free to borrow the words of a master love poet: Mr. William Shakespeare.

This page contains a small collection of short love poems and romantic sonnets written by Mr. Shakespeare. Use them in a card, on a note, memorize them or read them aloud.



Love Poems by Shakespeare

Here is a famous love poem from Hamlet:

Doubt thou the stars are fire
Doubt that the sun doth move
Doubt truth to be a liar
But never doubt I love you

Another Romantic Poem from Shakespeare:

Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day?
Thou are more lovely and more temperate
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May
And Summer’s lease hath all too short a date
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d
And every fair from fair sometime declines
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d
But thy eternal Summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.



Romantic Poetry: Love Sonnet 29 by Shakespeare

When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,
I all alone beweep my out cast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,
Desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least:
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate;
For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings
That when I scorn to change my state with kings.

Romantic Poetry: Sonnet 44 by William Shakespeare

If the dull substance of my flesh were thought,
Injurious distance should not stop my way.
For then, despite of space, I would be brought
From limits far remote where thou dost stay.
No matter then although my foot did stand
Upon the farthest earth removed from thee.
For nimble thought can jump both sea and land
As soon as think the place where he would be.
But, ah, thought kills me, that I am not thought,
To leap large length of miles when thou art gone,
But that, so much of earth and water wrought,
I must attend times leisure with my moan,
Receiving naught by elements so slow
But heavy tears, badges of either’s woe.

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