Walt Whitman is considered one of the foremost poets in American history. He wrote of nature and individualism in a way that captured the spirit of early America—a key figure of transcendentalism. Listen in as Whitman captures “a glimpse” of a love that persists despite a chaotic atmosphere.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "How Do I Love Thee?" (Sonnet 43) is so popular that you probably know the rest of its famous opening line. Listen to a reading of this famous poem about a love that transcends even death.
"When You Are Old" by W.B. Yeats is another classic poem that goes the distance. Though it's only a few stanzas long, this love poem looks back on a full life with all its joys and sorrows. Cozy up and listen to this poem with your better half.
Langston Hughes is one of the founders of the Harlem Renaissance and a giant of poetry. Hearing "Love Song for Lucinda" read aloud, it's no wonder that Hughes and his contemporaries were innovators of the "jazz poetry" movement. Listen in, and maybe dance a little, too!
If you haven't heard of Rabindranath Tagore, your ears might perk up hearing this reading of "Unending Love" from the man known as "The Bard of Bengal." This beautiful poem (known to be one of Audrey Hepburn's favorites) conveys a love that traverses both time and space.
No collection of love poems would be complete without an entry from William Shakespeare. In this reading of Sonnet 116 from the beloved Patrick Stewart, listen to the Bard wax poetic on a love that stands the tests of time, a "marriage of true minds."
By turns silly and serious, entertaining but intriguing, John's Fuller's "Valentine" is a proclamation of love for anyone who has pursued a lover intently. Listen to this delightfully lyric poem that at turns a longing glance at ears, eyes, elbows...and kneecaps.
This short poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, like most of his works, takes its title from the first stanza. Rilke often incorporates nature and mysticism into his writing. Listen to this reading about love that is a landscape, an experience that we return to even as the specter of death looms for us all.
Love can be shattering...in a good way! Simply listen to this poem by Faiz Ahmed Faiz in which a new love sets the world on fire. Nothing is quite what it used to be and the world is disoriented, but there's hope: that the infatuation may wane and a lasting love restores order.
Listen to this reading from Former US Laureate Rita Dove, who subverts the sappy language of Valentine's day in this love poem. She paints the heart as just a muscle, despite its whispers of desire. This steady refrain cannot be countered by longing alone--someone else must turn the key.