17 Sweet Valentine’s Day Poems, Quotes and Love Messages

From sweet love letters to cute messages in your Valentine’s Day cards, here is the best collection of Valentine’s Day love poems, quotes, sayings, and sweet messages that you can use to celebrate love on February 14th. 

Do you love poetry? If so, then you’ll appreciate our selection of romantic poems that’ll make for a sweet Valentines Day, and they are perfect for writing in your Valentine card.

Valentine’s day is fast approaching, and we’ve compiled a list of the best and most beautiful poetry that will touch hearts this Valentine’s Day, to make the perfect romantic gift.

Here is a collection of Valentines Day poems, quotes, sayings and messages, so that you can share your love with your loved ones this Valentine’s day. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to write your own! 

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Classic Literary Love Poems

The cute and funny poems are great, but it’s also the perfect time to introduce the kids to some literary classics. Here are a few of our favorite, and the most famous, love poems of our time.

Each of these would make a lovely Valentine’s Day poem.

The poems below are all available to be republished in the public domain.

How Do I Love Thee (Sonnet 43)

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

– Elizabeth barrett browning

how do I love thee let me count the ways poem

[I carry your heart with me (I carry it in]

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)
                                                      i fear
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)

– E. E. Cummings

I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart) poem

Wild Nights, Wild Nights (269)

Wild nights – Wild nights!
Were I with thee
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!

Futile – the winds –
To a Heart in port –
Done with the Compass –
Done with the Chart!

Rowing in Eden –
Ah – the Sea!
Might I but moor – tonight –
In thee!

– Emily dickinson

She Walks in Beauty

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies …

– Lord Byron

Touched by an Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

– Maya Angelou

Love in a Life

Room after room, 
I hunt the house through 
We inhabit together. 
Heart, fear nothing, for, heart, thou shalt find her— 
Next time, herself!—not the trouble behind her 
Left in the curtain, the couch’s perfume! 
As she brushed it, the cornice-wreath blossomed anew: 
Yon looking-glass gleamed at the wave of her feather. 

Yet the day wears, 
And door succeeds door; 
I try the fresh fortune— 
Range the wide house from the wing to the centre. 
Still the same chance! she goes out as I enter. 
Spend my whole day in the quest,—who cares? 
But ’tis twilight, you see,—with such suites to explore, 
Such closets to search, such alcoves to importune! 

– Poet Robert Browning

A Red Red Rose

O my Luve is like a red, red rose 
   That’s newly sprung in June; 
O my Luve is like the melody 
   That’s sweetly played in tune. 

So fair art thou, my bonnie lass, 
   So deep in luve am I; 
And I will luve thee still, my dear, 
   Till a’ the seas gang dry. 

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear, 
   And the rocks melt wi’ the sun; 
I will love thee still, my dear, 
   While the sands o’ life shall run. 

And fare thee weel, my only luve! 
   And fare thee weel awhile! 
And I will come again, my luve, 
   Though it were ten thousand mile.

– Robert Burns

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Here are a few more types of poems you may want to consider for Valentine’s Day

Sweet Poems for a Best Friend

Valentines Day is not only for romantic love. Nowadays, we also have Galentines Day, and for children it is all about expressing love for their friends, family and classmates. So it is a great time to include a cute poem or Valentines saying for your closest friend, or any good friend.

  • Friendship is another word for love
  • A circle is round it has no end, that’s how long I want to be your friend!
  • Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together

Be My Valentine (to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

You’re a special friend of mine,

Friend of mine, friend of mine.

You’re a special friend of mine.

Be my Valentine!

Silly Poems / Funny Valentine’s Day Poems for kids

Cute Valentine’s day poem are perfect for kids. Why not go with a fun pun, dessert and sweet themed puns or animal themed puns are super popular with kids.

Short poems are perfect for writing in a handmade card, or even on the front of your Valentine’s Day card. Short Valentine’s Day poems are easier for kids too, without being overwhelming.

Try these short and sweet poems for your little Valentines.

  • Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet and so are you.
  • Knock, knock! It’s Valentine’s o’clock! You’re my favorite person, and you rock!

Five Little Hearts

Five little hearts, all in a row.

The first one said, “I love you so!”

The second one said, “Will you be my Valentine?”

The third one said, “I will, if you’ll be mine!”

The fourth one said, “I’ll always be your friend!”

The fifth one said, “I’ll be friends until the very end!”

– (anonymous)

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Soul Mate Quotes and Sayings

If you want to take it a little deeper, with the romantic Valentines day poems you could go with some soul mate or twin flame quotes.

“For those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” – Rumi

“in a world
full of
temporary things

you are
a perpetual 
feeling.” – Sanober Khan

“You feel more like home to me than any place I’ve ever been.” – Angela N. Blount

More Poetry

Introducing children to poetry is a great way to build up a love of language. Here are a few more simple opportunities to introduce and discuss poetry with the kids all year round

More Valentine’s Day Crafts, Activities and Inspiration

Make this February Valentines Day season fun and entertaining for all the family with these Valentines Day printables, crafts and activities for the kids.


We hope you enjoyed these sweet Valentines day poems, from a short love poem, romantic poetry to a thoughtful Valentines day poem.

What better way to say I love you to the special person, or special people in your life, than with the power of words?

Go and ahead and share this blog post, or use these poems as inspiration for your love letter, or homemade card this Valentines.

17 sweet valentines day poems for your valentines cards or love notes

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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