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Poems for Valentine’s Day

Written by Lisa Spurgin, 14th February 2014

hearts bookToday is the day of love in the calendar, and at The Reader Organisation there's nothing we love more than sharing a poem or two. Reading is a wonderful way to show someone you care, so whether you're hoping to woo a secret admirer or want to demonstrate your long-term affection, here's a couple of TRO-favourite poems for you to share this Valentine's Day, but they're equally good to read at any time of the year.

Love's Secret

Never seek to tell thy love,
Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind does move
Silently, invisibly.

I told my love, I told my love,
I told her all my heart;
Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears,
Ah! She did depart!

Soon as she was gone from me,
A traveller came by,
Silently, invisibly
He took her with a sigh.

William Blake

My Love Is Like To Ice

My love is like to ice, and I to fire:
How comes it then that this her cold so great
Is not dissolved through my so hot desire,
But harder grows the more I her entreat?
Or how comes it that my exceeding heat
Is not allayed by her heart-frozen cold,
But that I burn much more in boiling sweat,
And feel my flames augmented manifold?
What more miraculous thing may be told,
That fire, which all things melts, should harden ice,
And ice, which is congeals with senseless cold,
Should kindle fire by wonderful device?
Such is the power of love in gentle mind,
That it can alter all the course of kind.

Edmund Spenser

What's your favourite love poem? Will you be sharing some literature you love this Valentine's Day? Share the literary love with us by leaving a comment, tweeting us or letting us know via Facebook.

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