By: Arlene Mateo
Valentine’s Day is here, and I have yet to make plans. It seems as the years press on, I have less and less time to think of a gift, much less plan a night out with my partner. Our night will probably be a last-minute scramble, and I am not sure how I feel about that. It’s got me thinking about Valentine’s Day, and what it means to me.
I decided to spend the morning reading my favorite love sonnets—oldies but goodies. These poems have stayed with me through it all—puppy love, first love, first heartache, and so much more. It felt good to stop for a moment to celebrate love. It’s given me a new appreciation for Valentine’s day, and I just had to share it!
Go read the top five love sonnets I can’t seem to get enough of, may it bring you joy on this special holiday.
1. “How do I love thee?" (Sonnet 43) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Elizabeth Barrett Browning fell in love with, and married, her penpal. She wrote this poem at the height of their love. I think it’s safe to say we all crave a love this deep.
2. "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?" (Sonnet 18) by William Shakespeare
If you haven’t read it since high school, it’s time to revisit this feel good classic. Grab a warm cup of tea, and read this gem aloud. The couplet at the end gets me every time.
3. "[i carry your heart with me(carry it in]" by E. E. Cummings
Cumming’s style is intimate and informal. It makes me feel like I am being let in on a secret. It’s fun to see him break the rules of conventions and form in this sweet sonnet.
4. Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda
Of course, Neruda had to make the cut. I mean, he’s got an entire collection of love poems. Sonnet 17 is my favorite of them all, read it and let him take your senses for a ride.
5. "Not In a Silver Casket Cool With Pearls" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
This list would not be complete without some Edna St. Vincent Millay. In this poem, she strips down what it's all about—love.
Whether it is the busiest or lightest of times for you, read these classics. Let it remind you why we write—why we believe in love so unconditionally.
Happy Valentine’s Day!