Love Quotes By Poets

Love quotes from poets

Whilst the Bard of Avon himself was one of the world’s finest writer of love quotes, many other poets through the years have written some immortal words on live. In this blog post we’ve pulled together the top love quotes by poets whether written or spoken, some of them short verses, others a well turned one-liner:

 

“I love you
because the Earth turns round the sun
because the North wind blows north
sometimes
because the Pope is Catholic
and most Rabbis Jewish
because winters flow into springs
and the air clears after a storm”
Nikki Giovanni

“As a lily among brambles,
so is my love among maidens.
As an apple tree among the trees of the wood,
so is my beloved among young men.”
King Solomon

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach…”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Come live with me, and be my love;
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods or steepy mountain yields.”
Christopher Marlowe

“Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to Love.”
Vergil

“Ah love is bitter and sweet,
but which is more sweet
the bitterness or the sweetness,
none has spoken it.”
Hilda Doolittle

“Give me a kiss, and to that kiss a score;
Then to that twenty, add a hundred more:
A thousand to that hundred: so kiss on,
To make that thousand up a million.
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let’s kiss afresh, as when we first begun.”
Robert Herrick

“A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread—and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness—
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise now!”
Omar Khayyam

“Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
And I’ll not look for wine.”
Ben Jonson

“And given you in earnest words I flung in jest.”
Edna St.Vincent Millay

“O, my Luve is like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June.
O, my Luve is like the melodie,
That’s sweetly played in tune.”
Robert Burns

“Before you kissed me only winds of heaven
Had kissed me, and the tenderness of rain—
Now you have come, how can I care for kisses
Like theirs again?”
Sara Teasdale

“With thee conversing I forget all time,
All seasons and their change, all please alike.”
John Milton

“Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain.”
Matthew Arnold

“Wild nights! Wild nights!
Were I with thee,
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!”
Emily Dickinson

“If things on earth may be to heaven resembled,
It must be love, pure, constant, undissembled.”
Aphra Behn

“At fourteen I married My Lord you.
I never laughed, being bashful.
Lowering my head, I looked at the wall.
Called to, a thousand times, I never looked back.
At fifteen I stopped scowling,
I desired my dust to be mingled with yours
Forever and forever and forever.”
Li Po

“Grow old along with me
the best is yet to be.”
Robert Browning

“Through all eternity to thee
A joyful song I’ll raise,
For oh! Eternity is too short
To utter all thy praise.”
Joseph Addison

“Love doesn’t make the world go round,
Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“With the earth and the sky and the water,
remade, like a casket of gold
For my dreams of your image that blossoms
a rose in the deeps of my heart.”
William Butler Yeats

“Her gesture, motion, and her smiles,
Her wit, her voice my heart beguiles,
Beguiles my heart, I know not why,
And yet, I’ll love her till I die.”
Thomas Ford

“I wish I could remember the first day,
First hour, first moment of your meeting me;
If bright or dim the season it might be;
Summer or winter for aught I can say.
So, unrecorded did it slip away,
So blind was i to see and to forsee,
So dull to mark the budding of my tree
That would not blossom, yet, for many a May.”
Christina Rossetti

“Her voice is low and sweet
And she’s all the world to me
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I’d lay me down and die.”
William Douglas

“Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry,
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love, thereby!
But love me for love’s sake, that evermore
Thou mayst love on, through love’s eternity.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“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:”
Lord Tennyson

“How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true;
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.”
William Butler Yeats

“Where true Love burns Desire is Love’s pure flame;
It is the reflex of our earthly frame,
That takes its meaning from the nobler part,
And but translates the language of the heart.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“I love thee as I love the tone
Of some soft-breathing flute
Whose soul is wak’d for me alone,
When all beside is mute.”
Eliza Acton

“Love seeketh not Itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care;
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hells despair.”
William Blake

“I never saw so sweet a face
As that I stood before.
My heart has left its dwelling place
And can return no more.”
John Clare

“He brought me to the banqueting house,
and his banner over me was love.
Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples:
for I am sick of love.”
Solomon

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
Oscar Wilde

“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.”
Goethe

“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

“‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
Tennyson

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”
Robert Frost

“Absence – that common cure of love.”
Lord Byron

“Everything is clearer when you’re in love.”
John Lennon

“It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.”
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

“For not many men, the proverb saith, can love a friend whom fortune prospereth unenvying.”
Aeschylus

“Love is the only gold.”
Tennyson

“For Mercy has a human heart, Pity, a human face, And Love, the human form divine, And Peace, the human dress.”
William Blake

“For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

“Soul meets soul on lover’s lips.”
Percy Bysshe Shelly

“All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand.”
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.”
Sophocles

“Hearts are not to be had as a gift – hearts are to be earned.
William Butler Yeats

“Love can excellent convince.”
Petrarch

 

What do you think of this list of love quotes by poets – any more quotes we should include?

Shakespeare’s Christmas Play: Twelfth Night

shakespeare-12-days-of-christmasThis post discusses Elizabethan play naming conventions…and Shakespeare’s Christmas play, Twelfth Night.

The Elizabethan and Jacobean playwrights, in heavy competition with each other, and pressurized by the need to fill the theatres, wrote fast so that new plays would be coming off the assembly line in quick succession.

As people walked past the theatres they encountered posters with the plays’ titles, and the names of the actors, many of whom were famous, as actors are today. Potential audiences would browse the posters and decide what they wanted to watch. The titles of the plays were eye-catching: they were an important selling device. They were important, as they are today. Sometimes they have a meaning, referring to a play’s theme, and sometimes they are just eye-catching. Sometimes they are both.

Ben Jonson’s titles are intriguing: A Tale of a Tub, Bartholomew Fair, The Magnetic Lady and The Devil is an Ass would be some of the titles that would assail the browser. Let’s face it, it would be hard to resist going in to see a play about the Devil or a magnetic lady.

Other titles that would beckon you in were such titles as Webster’s A Wife for a Month and The Wild Goose Chase; John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and The Broken Heart, or The Roaring Girl by Middleton and Dekker.

Master Shakespeare’s plays were the most popular in London. There was no need to pull the audiences in: they didn’t care what the play was – it was the author’s name that filled the theatre. Indeed, there is hardly an interesting title among his huge body of plays. Most of them are named by the main character. It’s as though he gave the plays working titles as he was writing them and they never got changed. It’s as though, in writing Othello, he just jotted the general’s name down and when writing about a Venetian merchant he just stated that – The Merchant of Venice. Imagine this: he could have called Othello something like Brought Down by Jealousy, or Macbeth, The Over-reacher Reaches Too Far.

And then the flippant As You Like It, saying call it whatever you like. And Twelfth Night. He doesn’t come anywhere near bothering with a title for that play. It’s simply called Twelfth Night just because it was written to be performed on the twelfth night of Christmas.

Think about the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. We sing it quite happily at Christmas time without really knowing what it means. In our busy modern lives we have Christmas then we pack up and get back to our everyday lives. For the Elizabethans Christmas was a major festival, lasting twelve days. On the last night of the festival – the twelfth night – they had a big party then went back to work the next day. We do still have the remnants of the twelve day festival: it’s considered bad luck to take the Christmas tree down before or after the 6th of January. That’s the twelfth day – the end of the holiday.

The play was written to be performed on that last night. During the final party the Elizabethans obeyed several traditions. Cross dressing was one, drinking and carousing, another. Inversion of social roles was another, where masters waited on their servants and servants lorded it up. And lots of music and singing. The next day they woke up with hangovers and staggered off to work for another year.

And Shakespeare’s play, Twelfth Night? Well – a woman dressed as a man, the drunken revelry of Sir Toby and Sir Andrew, the songs and the music – remember the opening line, If music be the food of love play on – and the pretentions of Malvolio, the servant who has the delusion that he could become the master. It’s all very much in accordance with the themes of the twelfth night festival.

Perhaps Shakespeare’s ‘working’ titles have more to them than meets the eye?

Justin and Selena – A Modern Day Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare enthusiasts who follow the doings of celebrities – their courtships, marriages, divorces, births and deaths – might be struck by the Justin Bieber and Selina Gomez pictures and stories that are currently filling celebrity websites and magazines. They have broken up and they’re being compared with Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Indeed, pictures of them together could be publicity photos for a modern film version of the play.

The two years they have been dating is a long time in terms of teenage relationships. Romeo and Juliet lasted only a few days. It’s unfair to quote them, though, because of the tragic circumstances, ending in their deaths. It’s unlikely that Bieber and Gomez had to face anything like the problems that confronted Shakespeare’s famous teenage lovers.

Recent research has revealed that teenage love wilts within a year in most cases and, of course, that’s to be expected when one considers that it’s a time of life when change and development is very rapid. In fact only four percent of women and one percent of men advance from a teenage romance to marriage. So the two years of love enjoyed by Bieber and Gomez is quite an exceptional thing, particularly as young Justin’s fame has been meteoric and the adoration of his fans intense.

Scientists studying the brain tell us that the frontal lobe, which governs reasoning and judgment, isn’t fully developed until the early 20s. And so teenage love is particularly intense and reckless. Shakespeare knew that, of course, as he knew just about everything there was to know about the human condition. If he had made his star-crossed lovers twenty-somethings it wouldn’t have rung true. They would have perhaps been more like you and me, and therefore not as interesting as the young celebrities. Selina Gomez is now in her 20s and Bieber is getting there so we can heave a sigh of relief and look forward to the more relaxing stories about them that we get with other celebrities.

Shakespeare In Statistics: The Infographic

“Infographics” have been all the rage online for some time, so we thought we’d put together a Shakespeare infographic detailing lots of juicy Shakespeare statistics and information. And without further ado, here’s our shameless bandwagon-jumping “Shakespeare in statistics” infographic: If you want to embed the above Shakespeare infographic to your website simply copy and paste […]

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