How many ways are there to say "I love you"? According to poetry there are many – with room for humour, longing, lust, tenderness and a healthy dose of self-mockery.
Perfect for Valentine's Day, these fourteen poems are not about love but declare it with an immediacy that's captivating and irresistible. Longing may be expressed using all sorts of images – there's even a riff on a famous Shakespeare sonnet where we find ourselves in outer space – but at the heart of all the poems is love and the urgent need to proclaim it.
Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Katharine Goda, Nathalie Handal, Christopher Marlowe, Mary Mulholland, James Nash, Ogden Nash, Abigail Parry, Rachel Plummer, William Shakespeare, Penny Sharman, Dominic Weston and Ella Wheeler Wilcox.