Love poetry books hold a particular place in the hearts of poets and readers alike. All aspects of life are affected by love, from romantic relationships and familial ties to religion and the natural world. Love poems are among of the most enduring works of literature in the world because of these sensations that transcend time and language. You’ll discover a wide variety of love poetry books on this list, ranging from classics to contemporary works.
Classic Love Poetry Books
Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing by Rumi, translated by Coleman Banks
Rumi’s love poetry is featured in a slew of romantic poetry collections. Rumi, a Persian poet who lived in the 13th century, is well-known for his works on various types of love, from the purely passionate to the profoundly spiritual and philosophical.
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Of course, no discussion of love poetry would be complete without a mention of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Despite the fact that many of these poems have been read and reread countless times, there are many others that are underappreciated. There are 154 pieces in this collection, so there is something for everyone who is in love. (My personal favorite is Sonnet 64.)
Love Poems of Lord Byron by Lord Byron
At the height of his fame, Byron was a hotly debated figure, even in his own lifetime. Although he’s a household name, his love poems have become an essential part of the art form. Our poets are held to the bar he set for the huge, sweeping passions we look for in their work
Bright Star: The Complete Poems and Selected Letters by John Keats
Keats, in contrast to Byron, was a little-known poet who was forgotten after his death. In the intervening years, however, he’s become a household name. As a part of his legacy, the poems he penned for Fanny Brawne are among the finest examples of romantic literature.
Love Poems by Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda is another important poet when it comes to love. You may find a collection of his love poems at any bookstore in the world. Powerful, seductive, and unmistakably passionate, it’s simple to see why it’s so adored. When they were first published in the 1950s, these works were considered scandalous, but today they strike the perfect balance between the emotional and the physical.
The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono No Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan, translated by Jane Hirshfield and Mariko Aratani
It’s possible these two poets aren’t well-known to readers outside of Japan, but they are historically significant figures in Japanese literature. When it came to beauty, Komachi and Shikibu were regarded as two of the most beautiful women in the land. Translations by Hirshfield, an excellent poet, of this passionate poetry are painstakingly and artistically arranged.
Queer Love Poetry Books
f Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho by Sappho, translated by Anne Carson
Many people are surprised to hear that only one of the ancient Greek poet’s poems has been preserved in its entirety. Sappho’s work is represented in this collection by the few surviving fragments and scraps. However, Carson has included footnotes and appendices, but the poetry itself is presented in a simple, beautiful style that is easy to read. Sappho is a virtuoso of love poetry even in fragments.
Felicity by Mary Oliver
It was in 1963 that Oliver released her first collection of poems, for which she was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. In any case, it wasn’t until her 2005 album, Felicity, that she really got personal. Those who know her and those who haven’t will be moved by her honesty.
Crush by Richard Siken
Some online communities regard Siken’s poetry as a cult classic because of the intensity and beauty with which he portrays love in his poems. In equal measure, his work soars and bleeds with emotion. It is in this context that he captures the conflict and confusion that can accompany being a young gay person. To read these poems over and over again, you’ll discover something new each time.
Haruko/Love Poems by June Jordan
The poems in this book were written for Jordan’s former lover Haruko, who was the subject of some of the poet’s earlier works, as well as for Haruko herself. Both the thrill and exhilaration of love, as well as the disappointment that might accompany rejection, are depicted throughout Jordan’s work.
Anthology Love Poetry Books
Love Poems (Everyman Anthology) compiled by Peter Washington
There is a good reason why Everyman Anthologies have become so popular. Love poems from throughout the world are included in this compilation. If you’re just getting into love poetry or just want to keep track of your favorites, this is the book for you.
Erotic Spirit: An Anthology of Poems of Sensuality, Love, and Longing by Sam Hamill
Love poetry books don’t have to be stodgy, chaste, and boring, according to this collection. It’s clear from these examples that poets have always been some of the world’s most sexiest and provocative writers.
I Hope You Find Me: The Love Poems of Craigslist’s Missed Connections by Alan Feuer
However, it’s a collection of pieces written by different authors and isn’t an anthology. They just happen to be craigslist members. ‘ Alan Feuer, a journalist, started writing poetry about missed connections as a prank, but the results are amusing to beautiful.
Modern Love Poetry Books
Love Is A Dog From Hell by Charles Bukowski
The least romantic title on this list comes from none other than Charles Bukowski. Traditional love poems, with their swooning, moonlit imagery, are conspicuously absent from this collection. These poems, on the other hand, push the boundaries of love and heartbreak to the extreme.
Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet
Faudet, a contemporary favorite, is known for his thought-provoking simplicity in his writing. In spite of his sometimes whimsy in his writings on love, he doesn’t shy away from explicit material or heartache altogether.
Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav
There’s more here than meets the eye in this anthology of love poetry. As a story of a love affair, Leav takes her audience on a rollercoaster ride from the beginning to the end. In order to connect with the reader, she depends on tremendous emotion rather than sophisticated structure.
Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni
Giovanni is a beloved poet in the United States. When it comes to poetry, she is well-known for her eagerness to experiment and have a good time. Poems on mom and family are included in this collection, as are all of the author’s love poems during the course of her career.
O: Love Poems from the Ozarks by Dave Malone
In some ways, this book is a love letter to the Ozarks, but for Malone, geography is interlaced with love. He depicts the cyclical nature of love through the shifting landscape.