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If I Could Write a Love Poem

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded the "Best Poet 2014 and 2021" Hubby Awards.

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How Do I Love Thee..

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of everyday's Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love thee with a passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints, --- I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.

The Great Love Poems

Experiencing the greatest poetry to have ever been written is something I, and many of us, strive for. We want to read something truly great and inspiring that may never be matched again in our lifetime.

There have been many poets throughout history who have tried their hand at writing love poems. ‘Love’ is arguably the most written about subject through both song and poetry. Nevertheless, many of these love poems have been forgotten and are rarely heard or read today. The following are just a few that have been regarded worthy of inclusion among the greatest romantic poems of all time.

Song of Songs (Song of Solomon) the Bible

Considered by some the greatest love song/poem ever written

Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare

A Shakespearean sonnet cherished for its hopefulness and promise of eternal and unchanging love.

How Do I Love Thee.. by Elizabeth Barret Browning

No description necessary.."let me count the ways"

Love One Another by Kahlil Gibran

This poem, also titled "On Marriage" explains the great bond between two people and the importance of sharing, but also the importance of having time to oneself.

Meeting at Night by Robert Browning

Sometimes we need to jump hurdles to have true love, but in the end, it is worth it. It is said that this poem "must be read aloud" to gain full appreciation of the writing.

Love's Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Shelley is masterful in describing love and this is his philosophy for how it should be treated.

Maud by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

A poem about an unnamed lover where the narrator encounters life, death, and the question of life after death.

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Annabelle Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

Even the angels are jealous of this love. Poe's last complete poem and arguably one of his best poetry writings.

Bright Star, Would I Were Steadfast as Thou Art by John Keats

Keats wishes to the sky to have his love as constant as the bright stars above.

To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

Marvell tries to convince a woman to respond to his love and make the most of their passion with the short time they have to live.

Troilus and Criseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer

The tragic retelling of the Siege of Troy. This is considered to be Chaucer's finest work.

The Song of Hiawatha (Hiawatha's Wooing) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hiawatha's forbidden love for Minnehaha, a woman from a different tribe. This is my personal favourite.

These poems are recognized around the world as some of the best love poems ever written. Whether you agree or not is another matter.


It is an unattainable dream to write a love poem to match any of these great poems. But if I could write a love poem it may go something like this......

If I Could Write a Love Poem

If I could write a love poem

I’d write it just for you.

I’d pull the stars down from the sky

And stick them in with glue.

I’d climb the Himalayas,

Scale Everest’s highest peak.

I’d sail across the oceans

For the treasures that I seek.

If I could write a love poem

I’d rip pieces from my heart

And place them in your open palms

To ensure we never part.

I’d go to war-torn countries

To learn about despair,

So my words would have feelings

That only I could share.

If I could write a love poem

I’d toss pepper in my eyes,

So you could feel my love for you

In every tear I cry.

I’d swim the raging river,

Though the river is too wide.

Like Running Bear to White Dove,

Just to be right by your side.

If I could write a love poem

You’d never put it down,

Because it means that you’re my Queen

And the words would be your crown.

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Song Competition Success

Recently I submitted this poem for a competition organised by award winning singer/songwriter Tally Koren. She wanted love poems that she could choose from, selecting one to turn into a song to include on her next album. Below is a copy of the email I received from the Poetry Society:


Last night we had the final event of the Poetry Competition at the Poetry Society.

We are pleased to announce the winners :

The First Prize is –

If I Could Write a Love Poem by John Hansen

The Second Prize

I whisper you by Josh Ekroy

The Third Prize

Love Insidious by Aidan Murch

Poetry Competition with the Theme of Love

International award-winning singer-songwriter Tally Koren is
running a poetry competition as part of the campaign for her
forthcoming album “A Love Song For You”. Tally's first single “Beauty of
the Duty” started as a long poem that was sent to her on My Space
and ended up on the BBC Radio 2 playlist along with 50 other
radio stations. This is your opportunity to have your poem heard by

Exciting Update 2022

Recently I was contacted by Tally Koren who gave me the exciting news that my song has been recorded at Abby Road Studios (made famous by The Beatles) and will be released as a single on Valentine's Day 2022.