The following poem is by Emily Dickinson. This poem starts off with her being sorry for she has nothing but her heart to offer however, she then realizes that her heart and love is a lot to be able to give to someone. Although there are many love poems by Emily Dickinson, this would make a sweet little vow for the bride to read to her groom.
It’s all I Have to Bring Today
It’s all I have to bring today —
This, and my heart beside —
This, and my heart, and all the fields —
And all the meadows wide —
Be sure you count — should I forget
Someone the sum could tell —
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.
This next poem is by another American poet named Sara Teasdale. She was known for her love and nature poems. This poem is about true undying love. It is an absolutely beautiful wedding day poem. It would be great to post next to photographs of you and the groom at a table during the wedding reception for all to see.
Come, when the pale moon like a petal
Floats in the pearly dusk of spring,
Come with arms outstretched to take me,
Come with lips pursed up to cling.
Come, for life is a frail moth flying,
Caught in the web of the years that pass,
And soon we two, so warm and eager,
Will be as the gray stones in the grass.
This next poem is by a man but, just as sweet, if not sweeter than the others. It is by the most infamous of
all poets, William Shakespeare. He has written an abundance of love poems. This one in particular speaks of
an unchanging, constant, love. This would be a great vow for the groom to read to his bride.
Love Sonnet 116
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments; love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no, it is an ever-fixèd mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his heighth be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
These are just some of my personal favorites. There are many other great love poems out there, not
only by the poets above. Walt Whitman, Robert Creeley, Robert Frost, and Oscar Wilde are just a few
other poets that have written beautiful love poems also.
Johnson, Thomas H.(ed) “It’s all I Have to Bring Today,” Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson.
Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1960
Rittenhouse, Jessie B.(ed) “Come” The Second Book of Modern Verse. 1919
Shakespeare, William.”Love Sonnet 116″ 1609