What are some classic examples of love poems?


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Examples of classic love poems include "Sonnet 18" by William Shakespeare, "A Poet to His Beloved" by William Butler Yeats and "Sonnet 44" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Another example is "Love's Philosophy" by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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"Sonnet 18" by Shakespeare was written in 1609. The first two lines of this poem are "Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? / Thou art more lovely and more temperate." This poem compares the beloved to a summer's day by stating the reasons why the beloved is more beautiful, specifically because the beauty of the beloved lasts forever, while summer is fleeting. This is one of Shakespeare's' most well know sonnets. Compared to other sonnets by Shakespeare, the language used in this one is a little less adorned.

William Butler Yeats wrote "A Poet to His Beloved" in 1899. This poem is actually an excerpt from "The Wind Among the Reeds." The first couple of lines in this poem are "I bring you with reverent hands / The books of my numberless dreams." This poem depicts a sense of lovers who have loved each other for a long time. William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and playwright who received a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923.

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