Over the years, Valentine’s Day has become big business for retailers. According to the National Retail Federation, 2014 will have cupid fans spending big.
- Average persons plans to spend of $133.91 per person
- $3.9 billion will be spent on sparkly, shiny things
- $3.5 billion goes toward a night out on the town
Of course, you don’t have to spend money to show love. Getting back to basics and telling someone how you feel is priceless. So, if you’re ooking for the right words to say on Valentine’s Day but just can’t find them you could run out and pick-up a Hallmark card, or you could peep out the written talents and lyrical genius from this distinguished group of poets.
Just for Valentine’s Day, we’re featuring 14 romantic poets and showcasing their most romantic poems for you to read and share with that special sugar pie in your life (wink, wink).
14 romantic poets
1. Songs From The Portuguese, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How Do I Love Thee
2. Shakespeare’s Sonnets, William Shakespeare
Sonnet 18: Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day
3. Poems, William Butler Yeats
When You Are Old
4. Poems, Oscar Wilde
5. Selected Poems of Robert Burns, Robert Burns
Red, Red Rose
6. Birds, Beasts and Flowers, D.H. Lawrence
7. Selected Poems and Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Allan Poe
A Dream Within A Dream
8. Amoretti, Written and Not Long Since, Edmund Spenser
Sonnet 30: My Love is Like to Ice
9. Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson, Sir Alfred Tennyson
10. Poems, Katherine Mansfield
11. The Love Poems of Leigh Hunt, Leigh Hunt
Jenny Kiss’d Me
12. The Irish Poems of Alfred Perceval Graves, Alfred Perceval Graves
If I Were King of Ireland (a.k.a. My Love’s a Match)
13. The Poems of Eugene Field, Eugene Field
A Valentine To My Wife
14. The Works of Lord Byron, George Gordon Noel Byron
She Walks In Beauty
What do you think of the poems that we’ve selected (all of which are believed to be in the public domain)? Are you curious about why they were chosen? What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.
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