Free Vintage Love Poem Printable


Do you know what I think is so sweet? More than 22,000 people search for the phrase “I love you poems” every month. How lovely is that? So many people are searching for the perfect words to express how they feel about someone they love. If that doesn’t give the warm and fuzzies heading into this Valentines Day, then I don’t know what would! With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful for me to share my favorite poems to express love. I’ll include some romantic love poems for her or him, whether that be your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife. As an extra special bonus, I’ll include this oh-so-sweet vintage poem art print. Want to learn more? Keep on reading!

I Love You Poems + Valentines Day Decor Art Print

Free Vintage Love Poem Printable

Here are my three favorite love poems:

  • “Why do I love” You, Sir? by Emily Dickinson
  • “Sonnet XVII” by Pablo Neruda
  • The Diwan of Shams of Tabriz by Jalaluddin Rumi

I’ll put a little note explaining why they’re so beautifully just in case you want a little push in understanding what each might mean. Leave a comment below letting me know which you like best or which other poems you would add to the list!

“Why do I love” You, Sir? by Emily Dickinson

“Why do I love” You, Sir?
Because —
The Wind does not require the Grass
To answer — Wherefore when He pass
She cannot keep Her place.

Because He knows — and
Do not You —
And We know not —
Enough for Us
The Wisdom it be so —

The Lightning — never asked an Eye
Wherefore it shut — when He was by —
Because He knows it cannot speak —
And reasons not contained —
— Of Talk —
There be — preferred by Daintier Folk —

The Sunrise — Sire — compelleth Me —
Because He’s Sunrise — and I see —
Therefore — Then —
I love Thee —

What Does This Poem Mean?

This poem is really beautiful because Emily Dickinson’s explaining that you can’t describe love.

The poem opens with a question “Why do I love you?” And her answer is just the word “Because.”

She tries to explain why, but she can’t explain her love more than she can explain why the grass moves when the wind blows. Or, she says in the last verse, that each morning she wakes up with the sunrise because how could she not? It’s the sun shining. That’s how she feels about love.

“Sonnet XVII” by Pablo Neruda

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

What Does This Poem Mean?

This might be one of my absolute favorite poems.  During our wedding, a dear friend read this to my husband and me before we took our vows.  Why do I love it so much?

This isn’t a pretty poem.  It doesn’t describe love that’s glittery and perfect and shiny.  It describes loving the dark places in someone, seeing all of them, even the ugly bits.

Even more, the poem describes loving someone so deeply that you don’t have a choice and hat the lines between you blur.  That you’re so close, when you sleep, your bodies become one.  How beautiful is that?  Wow, gives me chills.

I Love You Poems + Valentines Day Decor Art Print

The Diwan of Shams of Tabriz by Jalaluddin Rumi

A fire has risen above my tombstone hat.
I don`t want learning, or dignity,
or respectability.

I want this music and this dawn
and the warmth of your cheek against mine.

What Does This Poem Mean?

In 1200 AD (so long ago!), a poet named Rumi wrote a love poem that says “I want this music, and this dawn, and the warmth of your cheek against mine.”  This passage is part of a much longer poem, but I think this section is particularly lovely.

This poem reminds that love feels magical and beautiful and safe, all at the same time. It also reminds me that love endures, just like these words written so long ago.  This vintage inspired Valentines day decor art is formatted as an eight by ten print.  So you can easily print it at home on letter sized paper and trim it down.  Or, you can send it off to print is as a picture at your local pharmacy.

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Thanks so much for checking out my favorite I love you poems!  I hope you enjoy these love poems and this beautiful Valentines day decor art print!  Leave me a note below to let me know your favorite I love you poems!  And if you’re looking for other Valentines Day decor and gifts, be sure to check out this great printable Valentines day card and this gorgeous watercolor art heart print.