Years ago, in gathering our anthology of Classic Love Poems for Valentine’s Day, we focused on straightforward declarations of love, poems of seduction and promise, celebrating the beauties and virtues of the beloved and forging the love-bond between two people. But of course, this leaves out the many great love poems of other kinds, the poems of unrequited or forbidden or lost love. For example, from Robert Burns we chose his best-known “Song—A Red, Red Rose” and left out his despairing farewell between two lovers who cannot stay together, “Ae Fond Kiss.”
We’d like to expand our collection to include the best of these “other” kinds of love poems, with your help, Dear Readers. Please visit our collection of readers’ favorite love poems and tell us about yours, especially if it’s a poem about lost or forbidden love.