Marriage Proposal Poems
Let the masters help you make a real statement if you can't summon your own muse
By Ashley Gallman
If you are hoping to be a groom in the near future, you know there are few things more difficult to plan than a marriage proposal. You want every detail, from the ring to the location, to be perfect. The most important are the words you choose to propose. Although your future bride is likely to cherish your own words, spoken from the heart and sincerely, you may want to choose a poem that can convey your thoughts with beautiful, elegant verse.
Choose Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Love's Philosophy" for a fitting introduction to the first step toward a blissful marriage. The poem focuses on the joining of two powerful forces to create an ideal union. The "fountains mingle with the river" and "the sunlight clasps the earth" much as two lovers join in marriage.
For a poem that conveys the eternal love you are offering, consider "To Celia." In it, Ben Jonson emphasizes the power of love to conquer death. Like the garland of roses that "could not wither'd be," your love for your wife-to-be is everlasting.
If your future mate is of a practical nature, look to William Shakespeare for help. This sonnet, "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun," presents a down-to-earth expression of earnest love. Mocking the love poem conventions of his time, Shakespeare tosses aside all grand expressions of endless love and overblown compliments. His poem, like your proposal, is sincere and heartfelt. With this poem, you can tell your bride that you love her not for her perfection, but for exactly who she is, faults and all.
When You Are Old
Speak to the longevity of your love with this William Butler Yeats' poem. Remind your love that at the end of your lives, when you have both grown old in marriage and all of life's other charms have fallen away, your love for her will have remained true. Like Shakespeare, Yeats inverts the traditional form of the love poem. He describes love not in youth, but in old age. The poem speaks to the fact that no matter how old you both grow, you will always find beauty in your wife's "changing face."
This Christina Rossetti poem speaks of the unity and strength of love shared by two people and favors lovers of simple, yet powerful language. The piece is a fitting sentiment for proposals given its focus on the nature of the married life and love.
About the Author
Ashley Gallman is a writer who worked with Charleston Weddings magazine.
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