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If I Could Write a Love Poem

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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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.

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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.

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.

(Source: www.poemofquotes.com)

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......

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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.

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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.

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:

"POETRY COMPETITION

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
millions."

Exciting Update 2017

Recently I was contacted by Tally Koren who gave me the exciting news that she would be re-recording my song at Abby Road Studios (made famous by The Beatles) under the title "You Are My Queen."

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I Wrote a Sequel to This Poem..see it here

  • How Do I Write a Love Poem?
    Previously I wrote a poem called "If I Could Write a Love Poem." It was very well received and even selected to turn into a song that was recorded on an album by Tally Koren. This is the sequel.

© 2014 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 23, 2020:

Thank you for checking this out, Nithya. It has taken this long to finish adapting, mixing and recording this poem as a song. It seems to be almost finished and the song and album it’s on should be released in the not too distant future.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 23, 2020:

A beautiful poem, lovely!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 09, 2017:

Thank you for the generous comment, Robin. Much appreciated.

Robin Carretti from Hightstown on December 09, 2017:

I love all the philosophy and such a nice array of photo's blended into your divine words

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 25, 2016:

Thank you for that Victoria. It was in Soundcloud previously, then seemed to have been removed. Glad it's back so I can re-ad the link.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on September 25, 2016:

Great job! John, I just found the song on Soundcloud and listened to it, so it's there now! I couldn't find it on youtube, though. How neat that your poem was chosen for a song!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 20, 2016:

Glenn, the song was online on Soundcloud and I used to have the link here, but I see it is no longer there so removed the link. I will have to contact Tally and find out what is happening. It doesn't seem to be on YouTube either.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on August 20, 2016:

John, If by any chance Tally has the song on YouTube you can include that in a YouTube capsule in your hub. If not, ask her for permission to upload the sound clip to YouTube. I see videos that are only audio with the album cover displayed.

As for the movie, that sounds great! I hope you retained movie rights so you get revenue from that.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 20, 2016:

Thank you for reading this Glenn. Yes, it has been made into a song and is part of Tally's latest album. She actually Skyped me from the Poetry Society Awards, London when the poem was selected as winner of the competition. I did have the link to her sound clip singing the song but it is no longer available. She is currently trying to get it selected as part of a soundtrack for a movie. I appreciate your kind comment.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on August 20, 2016:

Very well done. I totally enjoyed your poem. Your romantic feelings come through as one reads it. You also had a nice introduction with the comparison of great romantic poets.

I also caught the part about winning first place for possibly being made into a song by Tally Koren. Congratulations. I can see how it can be used in that way. You wrote it in such a way that's conducive to being song lyrics too. That's very creative!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2016:

Thank you for reading, Sparrowlet, and for your congratulations and kind comment. Much appreciated.

Katharine L Sparrow from Massachusetts, USA on April 09, 2016:

Hearty congratulations on your victory with this lovely poem! And what a beautiful song it made! Enjoyed this hub very much, also the reminders of the great love poems that you listed.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 21, 2015:

Oh yes, I did read it to Kathy and she loved it. I was emotional reading it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 21, 2015:

What can I say after reading such a captivating and generous comment as this Surabhi? I don't mean to encourage you to read my hubs, but I feel that you and some newer followers may enjoy some of my earlier hubs that they are not aware of. I hoped this may appeal to you. Thank you.

Surabhi Kaura on December 21, 2015:

Awwwwww- Jodah!! Sweet Jodah!

Did you read this to Kathy? I am sure she would have loved it.

Coming back to the poem – There’s so much depth in this poem. Say if a man would read this poem to his lady, she would embrace him endearingly and she would make every damn effort to pick thorns from his lover’s path. She would get hurt herself, but she would never cause him discomfort.

Your understanding of Love; of lovers, is profound. You have seen all the tides in love, and you know how to express your words with passion and care.

‘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’ – Jodah

I am speechless. My eyes… oh... they are teary.

Jodah, it shows that you are well read about Romance. So I would encourage you to write Romantic fictions or Romantic poems, and just keep on captivating your readers. Much love…much, my Dearest Jodah. You have won my Heart! I am now a fan of yours (he he). Bless you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 21, 2015:

Thank you, thank you Deepali. This is one of the poems that I am most proud of and I find makes me most emotional. I am glad you liked it, and also Leptirela's great addition.

Deepali Awasare from Vadodara on December 21, 2015:

Beautiful poem .... ...love the rhythm.... it has all that a girl wants her lover to say ...also loved leptirela's poem

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 21, 2015:

I can't believe this hub is no longer featured due to low traffic. It is one of my best. Things are getting crazy. Not much choice but to reshare it. Every time I check my accounts page more of my hubs have been un-featured so I'm having to spend all my time updating rather than write new hubs. Getting a little frustrating.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 11, 2015:

Thank you or visiting my hubs Blondey and for the lovely comment.

Blondey on June 11, 2015:

Gorgeous love poem here! Very nice!!!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 16, 2015:

Thank you very much for reading this hub Keisha, and for such a kind comment. I look forward to reading your poetry too.

Keisha Hunter from Kingston, Jamaica on May 16, 2015:

This is beautiful and I equally loved Leptirela's response. Definitely voted up. I wish to write such lovely poems in the near future...a hobby I had tossed.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 03, 2015:

Thanks, and vise versa.

Leptirela from I don't know half the time on April 03, 2015:

Likewise, I am so glad to have found your hubs too. Quite an inspiration you are.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 03, 2015:

Well, that's probably the nicest comment I have ever received...and your poetry there fits my poem perfectly. I have done collaborations with other people on short stories, but we could easily have collaborated on this poem. You are a wonderful poet yourself Leptirela. This was a huge compliment and thank you, also for the vote up. A soon as I have a chance I will be checking your other hubs to. Glad I found you in the forum.

Leptirela from I don't know half the time on April 02, 2015:

Oh my days. This is a wonderful poem , absolutely amazing and so inspiring. In fact;

If I could write a love poem.

I'd write one just for me

So I can act like Juliet

Feel how love can be.

If I could write a love poem

Id climb a mountain high

So I can see the world from it

And with it learn to fly.

If I could write a love poem

I would teach my heart to care

And give my love to everyone

Because I like to share.

If I could write a love poem

I'd write one just like this.

Cos' if I didn't come across your hub

Its' magic I would miss.

If I could write a love poem

I'd write it to the world

So my love would blossom

With each and every word.

If, I , could write a love poem?

I would name it "oda"

If I could write a love poem?

I would write one just like Jodah.

Hahha am just having fun.

You are one if few talented poets

I have come across yet. You are a privilige to follow.

I cannot wait to read you other hubs.

Voted awesome. Beautiful and all the best xxxxx

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 17, 2015:

Thank you Peggy. So glad you enjoyed this. If only i could write a love poem :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 17, 2015:

Your poem is truly beautiful. Scaling the highest peaks; pulling stars down from the sky and swimming raging rivers and more...your poem instigates many visual images in my mind when reading it. The words ending up as a crown is lovely. Up and beautiful votes. The references to other poet's works is nice. I have read many of them.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 05, 2014:

Great comment Michael..thank you so much. Have a great day.

Michael-Milec on November 05, 2014:

Hi Jodah.

Great poem of love opening desire for us to walk your experience , feelings and aspiration toward achieving the Ultimate Love to know...

Voted beautiful and interesting.

( If I have to say "I love you" - my love toward you already has failed.)

Have a blessed day.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 14, 2014:

Hi schoolgirlforreal, I find that ladies really enjoy a good romantic poem written just for them. I'm sure someone special will write you a poem someday. I hope so anyway. I'm glad you enjoyed this one.

schoolgirlforreal on October 14, 2014:

Beautiful, I love the imagery of words being her crown. I've always wanted a lover to write me a poem !

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2014:

Thank you Writer Fox, much appreciated.

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on October 13, 2014:

You've got a great list of classic love poems. I enjoyed reading yours, too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 10, 2014:

Thank you so much Jamie. I always value your comments.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on October 10, 2014:

Very well written and presented! What a great list you have put together too.. Jamie

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 10, 2014:

Thanks Eddy, good to have you back. You have been missed.. Thank you also for the kind comment and sharing.

Eiddwen from Wales on October 10, 2014:

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

Hi John how great to be back reading your words once again and you have certainly excelled yourself here. I loved your poem especially the above verse. Voting up and sharing onto my FB page A Brand New Dawn.

Take care and lots of love from Wales

Eddy.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 09, 2014:

Thank you so much for visiting my hub and for your kind comment hellenmiano. There were so many wonderful poems I could have selected but I hope those I included were a good cross section of great love poems. I appreciate the vote up too.

Hellen Miano from Mombasa Kenya on October 09, 2014:

As a poet I appreciate the way you have selected the best ones to share with us. Big up Jodah, that's awesome..

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 09, 2014:

Hi Jo, that's a coincidence that you just happened to read Annabelle Lee. Please do check out the others mentioned. appreciate your kin comment on my love poem too. Thank you.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on October 09, 2014:

Snap! I've only just read Annabelle Lee about an hour ago. I also love the a Raven. I'm not yet familiar with all the great poems you've mentioned, but I'll be saving this to check them out.

John, you write a love poem to melt the coldest of hearts. So..so beautifully done.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 08, 2014:

Thank you for reading James and for your kind comment. Glad you are into love poems.

Tijani Achamlal from Morocco on October 08, 2014:

Beautifully put.I am much into love poems :) especially if they are sad .

Hugs

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 08, 2014:

Hey Kevin, I always appreciate you reading my hubs, comments, vote up, share and pins....thanks a lot.

The Examiner-1 on October 07, 2014:

That was really charming John. You know how to write the words where they work best. I voted up, shared and pinned it.

Kevin

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 07, 2014:

Thank you Gypsy, that means a lot coming from you the Queen of romantic poetry :)

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on October 07, 2014:

Voted up and awesome. Romantically wonderful. passing this on.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 06, 2014:

Aw, thank you Dianna, I try...glad you liked those lines, they are my favourite too.

Dianna Mendez on October 06, 2014:

One of my favorite poets is Elizabeth Barrett Browning. She was so creative and could write so that one visualized the words. I found your lines:

"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."

So romantic and really proves you can write love poems.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 05, 2014:

Thank you for that kind comment Damanee. I appreciate you reading this hub.

Damanee from Jamaica on October 05, 2014:

If words could express how they feel, they would say lovely. Lovely writing!!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 04, 2014:

Thank you maramerce. You are probably right, I was influenced by some of the classic poets, and Dr Seuss :)

Most of my poetry has rhyme and a lyrical touch (I have been told so,e could be put to music), but I have written a few free verse as well. Rhyme comes more naturally.

maramerce from United States on October 04, 2014:

Hi Jodah, you've got a good cadence in your writing. I've never been much for a steady rhyme in my poems. I'm only slightly lyrical and much more imagistic, but I appreciate a good cadence in a poem. You seem to have a natural ability for it and perhaps you've read a lot of the more classic poets. I gained more of my influence from the confessional generation of poets. Anyway, you've got a nice style. I enjoyed it!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 04, 2014:

Thank you very much Ryem, that means a lot coming from you.

Ryem from Maryland on October 04, 2014:

Beautiful, beautiful poem Jodah!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 04, 2014:

Thanks for readng and your kind comment Catherine. I hope these poems can act as an inspiration to you.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on October 04, 2014:

A wonderful hub so nicely done. A great reference piece. all my love poems are anti-love poems. I think I will red these for inspiration.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 04, 2014:

Hi Dave, sometimes it seems that poets are a dying breed, but there are still a few of us and when you get wonderful comments like I have here you realise that a lot of people still appreciate poetry even if search engines don't.

David Edward Lynch from Port Elizabeth, South Africa on October 04, 2014:

I'm glad there are still some poets out there Jodah, thanks for sharing and I like the photo's too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 04, 2014:

Thank you Chitrangada' you always offer such generous comments. I am glad you enjoyed this hub.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 04, 2014:

Your love poem is beautifully expressed!

And I liked your references to other great writers and their work, as well. Very nice hub and great pictures too.

Thanks and voted up!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 04, 2014:

Thanks for your support Harishprasad. I appreciate your kind comment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

Thank you for reading Venkatachari M, and your kind comment. Glad you agreed with my choice of poets too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

Hey Stages of Me, thanks for your kind comment. It's quite humbling. I love Kate Bush too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

Thank you Maria, glad you enjoyed this. I guess I still have some romance left in me. :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

Thank you for that amazing comment Faith...I don't know what to say. Thanks for the vote up, share, tweet and pin, oh and I had to include the Song of Solomon.. It's too often forgotten. Blessings back to you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

I found them difficult too for awhile Audrey. They seemed to always turn out similar to others and difficult to find a new angle. I think maybe I succeeded here. I hope so anyway.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

Carrie, I am glad you enjoyed this. I am quite proud of my attempt. :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

Thank you MsDora, much appreciated.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on October 03, 2014:

Only a guy who has real love in her/his heart can talk of learning about despair ! Love is like a diamond so beautiful and shining, attracting everyone toward it, yet so strong and resolute in its content ! John, you are right to keep the love poem secured -exclusively for the beloved, adorning her as a crown. You not only can write love poems but also define love itself in it's very exalted stage, there is no doubt about it. Loved reading such a beautiful poem about love and also enjoyed a wonderful poem written by Elizabeth Barrett. Voted up and shared.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on October 03, 2014:

Very lovely and nice poem. Your references to great poets and their poems is a good choice. Thanks for sharing the list and producing a lovely poem.

Kathy Henderson from Pa on October 03, 2014:

Well sir I believe not only can you write a love poem, you HAVE! This is a beautiful poem and such a beautiful expression of your heart. I love the many poetic geniuses you also sight in your hub, you are right up there with this one. I also am a huge fan of Kate Bush, great hub all around.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on October 03, 2014:

How very lovely, John...romance is not dead. This touches my heart.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on October 03, 2014:

John, you certainly have written a love poem and then some!!! I love all of the love poetry you have included by the all of the greats! And that video/song ...Song of Solomon certainly is beyond beautiful. I am thrilled you mentioned Song of Solomon.

Having said all of that, your poem is one of the most beautiful love poems I have read in a long time, so passionate and nothing held back! Well done. Bravo. You are a romantic one, as are most poets if the truth be known. This is why you are Poet of the Year ...

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Blessings to you and the one who has capture your heart forever.

Audrey Howitt from California on October 03, 2014:

This is lovely John--I find romantic poetry difficult to write actually-

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on October 03, 2014:

Love it :). Thank you for writing this beautiful poem ! :). Truly brilliant !

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 03, 2014:

Classic, and belongs on the list of other greats. Excellent!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

Thank you dear Phyllis, it was so difficult to narrow it down to these poets...I deleted a few and added others, but glad you liked those I settled on, especially Kahlil Gibran. Oh, I am sorry I didn't include yours..but your recent one was very beautiful :) . thank you for the vote up too.

Neetu M from USA on October 03, 2014:

You are welcome, John, your poem is a joy to read! Thank you for writing it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

That's very kind Ruby. We'd all like to think our words will live on long after we have gone. I would love for that to be the case.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

Thank you lafleurdeplume, yes Neruda of course and a number more I could not include..I could have found 100 if I had the time and space.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

Thank you for reading this Sweets21 and for such a beautiful comment. It's great that my words made your heart flutter.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

Thank you wordswithlove, that means a lot coming from you, especially with that name.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on October 03, 2014:

Your poem is very lovely, Jodah. It does have a nice rhythm, as you and Frank say.

Ahh! Kahlil Gibran - I have read all his works and his words are beautiful. Most of the other poets/poems you highlight I have also read. You chose the best ones - but, I did not see mine. LOL , just teasing you.

Very well done, as always, Jodah. Up and shared, A, I, B, too

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 03, 2014:

John, I think someone will read your poem one hundred years from now and say, " Beautiful. " and it is!

Sarah LaFleur from Chicago-land on October 03, 2014:

Beautiful... and I wanted to add Neruda to your list of great love poetry.

Tara Sellers on October 03, 2014:

I simply loved your poem! It's so beautiful and passion filled, everything I perceive love to be. It just makes my heart go a flutter. Lol.

Neetu M from USA on October 03, 2014:

Well, John, you just did write a love poem, full of all the passion and emotion that love imparts! :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

Thanks for such a kind comment btrbell. So glad you enjoyed my love poem. Thanks for the vote up and share too.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on October 03, 2014:

Perfect love poem! Lucky recipient! I really enjoy the way you your in your subject at the beginning! Thank you for sharing this! Up and awesome! Sharing!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

Thanks for reading Kristen, and I will never argue against "The Raven"..it was actually the inspiration for another poem of mine "Midnight Rendezvous: The 32nd Psalm". Thanks for your kind comment.

Kristen Burns-Darling from Orange County, California on October 03, 2014:

With this lovely and romantic expression of love you have proven that you can most definitely write a love poem. I also love that you listed such a wide range of references. I have to agree with Kim though, while Annabelle Lee is an amazing work, the Raven, in my opinion was Poe's masterpiece...

Kristen

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

Suzette, great to receive your comment. I am honoured that you put my poem on a par with those of the greats. Thank you for the vote up and share.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on October 03, 2014:

What a lovely love poem you have written. Whoever receives this poem is someone truly special to you. Your poem is just as good as the piery written by the great poets of times gone by. I love all the poets you have referenced here. Voted up+ and shared,

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

Thanks for reading my hub Your Cousins...yes has to be true love to do that. Thanks for the vote up too.

Your Cousins from Atlanta, GA on October 03, 2014:

Great list of love poems, including your own. Wow, pepper in your eyes, now that's a love to cry for. Voted up and beautiful!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

Thank you Shauna, such a nice thing to say. Glad you liked it and the photos.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

Thank you Eric, much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2014:

Thanks Kim, and I agree "the raven" is Poe's best..I love it...but it isn't a love poem. I'm glad you like my poem and think it could be set to music.