Poems About Love

When a Woman Loves a Man by David Lehman

No, Love Is Not Dead by Robert Desnos

I Love You by Sara Teasdale

How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

After the Movie by Marie Howe

Love in a Life by Robert Browning

What Do Women Want by Kim Addonizio

The Talking Back of Miss Valentine Jones by June Jordan

The Fist by Derek Walcott

The Forms of Love by George Oppen

What Sylvia Plath Loved 

Today is the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath's death. To honor her life and work we've compiled a list of ten things Plath loved and wrote about in her letters, journals, and poems. Among these things are the Ouija board and Marilyn Monroe. Find out about her other loves and obsessions in this new piece on Poets.org.
Take a look at Plath's correspondace
with the Academy, beginning with when she was a young poet:
Video Exclusive: "Who was the first poet you fell in love with?"
We asked a few poets at the Academy's 2012 Poets Forum about love, in line breaks and on the page. Marilyn Hacker, Edward Hirsch, Evie Shockley, Jean Valentine, and others, share personal stories about the first poets they fell in love with and where they encountered them.

New Lesson Plan: Love
as a Two-Way Street


In this new lesson plan, students focus on poems about love--including works by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, and George Oppen.
What is love? How has it influenced the history of verse? Explore this complicated and universal emotion with the help of poets, the self-proclaimed experts of the domain of Eros. 
This lesson plan is aligned with Common Core standards and has been prepared by a curriculum specialist.
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Thanks for being a part of the Academy of American Poets community. To learn about other programs, including National Poetry Month, Poem In Your Pocket Day, the annual Poets Forum, and more, visit Poets.org. Sylvia Plath photograph by Rollie McKenna.