10 Very Short Love Poems Everyone Should Read

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The best short love poems in English

What are the best short love poems in all of English literature? Every poetry-lover’s list is going to be slightly different, of course, but here we’ve tried to find the best romantic poems that don’t outstay their welcome – our ‘rule’ is that the poem must not be longer than 14 lines, the length of a traditional sonnet. But many of the classic short love poems included below are considerably shorter than this. All ten poems in this selection sing love’s praises – we’ll come on to lost love or unrequited love in separate posts in the future – but we think most of them will be firm favourites among the ‘loved up’. What would make your list of the best brief poems about love?

Sir Philip Sidney, ‘My true love hath my heart, and I have his’. This poem, taken…

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