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Valentine's Day Poem

Shakespeare's Most Romantic Valentine's Day Poem

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Sonnet 18: Shakespeare's Most Romantic Valentine's Day Poem

Sonnet 18: Shakespeare's Most Romantic Valentine's Day Poem

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Are you looking for the most romantic Valentine’s Day poem ever? Then look no further than Shakespeare’s greatest, most heart-tingling sonnet. It’s perfect for a Valentine’s Day poem!

We are of course talking about Sonnet 18: Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day? ... considered by many to be the greatest love poem ever written.

Sonnet 18: The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Poem

The sonnet’s reputation is well deserved because of Shakespeare’s ability to capture the essence of love so cleanly and succinctly in only 14 lines. He compares his lover to a beautiful summer’s day and realizes that while summer days may fade and fall into Autumn, his love is eternal. It will last all year round – year in, year out – hence the famous opening lines of the poem:

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date: (...) But thy eternal summer shall not fade.

Why not copy out the full text from the link below and leave it under a loved one’s pillow this Valentine’s Day?

Here are the only two links you need this Valentine’s Day:

If you are looking for something shorter, then our list of the top 10 Shakespeare love quotes will surely set your heart aflutter.

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