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Famous Make Love Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Make Love poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous make love poems. These examples illustrate what a famous make love poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Bukowski, Charles
...ff the crapper. He
was antisceptic, that's what he was." 
"Drink up, you'll feel better." 
"And he couldn't make love." 
"You mean he couldn't get it up?" 
"Oh he got it up, he got it up all the time. But he didn't know how to make a
woman happy, you know. He didn't know what to do. All that money, all that education, he
was useless." 
"I wish I had a college education." 
"You don't need one. You have everything you need, George." 
...Read More

by Amichai, Yehuda
...ate at the same moment,
to laugh and cry with the same eyes,
with the same hands to throw stones and to gather them,
to make love in war and war in love.
And to hate and forgive and remember and forget,
to arrange and confuse, to eat and to digest
what history 
takes years and years to do.

A man doesn't have time.
When he loses he seeks, when he finds
he forgets, when he forgets he loves, when he loves
he begins to forget.

And his soul is seasoned, his soul
...Read More

by Pinsky, Robert
...ward in the dark.
You lie down and embrace one body, the limbs
Heavy with sleep reach eagerly up around you
And you make love until your soul brims up
And burns free out of you and shifts and spills
Down over into that other body, and you
Forget the life you had and begin again
On the same crossing--maybe as a child who passes
Through the same place. But never the same way twice.
Here in the daylight, the catbird in the willows,
The new café, with a terrace and a ...Read More

by Tebb, Barry

Have that much going for them,

White hair and beard and bags under

My eyes but with some surprise I can

Still make love with passion.


I guessed you’d be a single parent

Like your mam, in a Seacroft tower

Block with lifts that don’t work and

Graffiti the nearest thing to poetry

And close to your grown up daughter

And her kids over on Whinmoor.


Arriving like that I must have

Given you a shock; of course you

Remembered me but time’s...Read More

by Milosz, Czeslaw
On that beautiful Warsaw Sunday.

Someone will read as moral
That the people of Rome or Warsaw
Haggle, laugh, make love
As they pass by martyrs' pyres.
Someone else will read
Of the passing of things human,
Of the oblivion
Born before the flames have died.

But that day I thought only
Of the loneliness of the dying,
Of how, when Giordano
Climbed to his burning
There were no words
In any human tongue
To be left for mankind,
Mankind who live on.

Already t...Read More

by Donne, John virtue woman? Must I cool my blood
Till I both be, and find one, wise and good?
May barren angels love so! But if we
Make love to woman, virtue is not she,
As beauty's not, nor wealth. He that strays thus
From her to hers is more adulterous
Than if he took her maid. Search every sphere
And firmament, our Cupid is not there;
He's an infernal god, and under ground
With Pluto dwells, where gold and fire abound:
Men to such gods their sacrificing coals
Did not in altar...Read More

by Issa, Kobayashi
...Having slept, the cat gets up,
yawns, goes out
to make love....Read More

by Bukowski, Charles
still more left
here at 3 a.m. I am going to take this sheet from
the typer
pour another glass and
make love to the fresh new whiteness 
maybe get lucky
first for
for you. 
from "All's Normal Here" - 1985...Read More

by Issa, Kobayashi
...I'm going out,
flies, so relax,
make love....Read More

by Lorde, Audre
...r boots on the pavement
rat-a-tat-tat best intentions
going down for the third time
stuck in the particular

You cannot make love to concrete
if you care about being
non-essential wrong or worn thin
if you fear ever becoming
diamonds or lard
you cannot make love to concrete
if you cannot pretend
concrete needs your loving

To make love to concrete
you need an indelible feather
white dresses before you are ten
a confirmation lace veil milk-large bones
and air raid drills in yo...Read More

by Carman, Bliss
...of Good Will, 
Discrediting Love’s gospel now as then! 
And with the verbal creed 
That God is love indeed, 
Who dares make Love his god before all men? 

Shall we not, therefore, friends, 
Resolve to make amends 
To that glad inspiration of the heart; 
To grudge not, to cast out 
Selfishness, malice, doubt, 
Anger and fear; and for the better part, 

To love so much, so well, 
The spirit cannot tell 
The range and sweep of her own boundary! 
There is no period 
Between the ...Read More

by Brautigan, Richard
...seduced by a thirteen-year-old girl, and you

and she lived together in an adobe hut, and practically all

you did was make love.

 "She was slender and had long dark hair. You made love

standing, sitting, lying on the dirt floor with pigs and chickens

around you. The walls, the floor and even the roof of the

hut were coated with your sperm and her come.

 "You slept on the floor at night and used your sperm for

a pillow and her come for a blanket.

 ...Read More

by Ginsberg, Allen
...again with your self, please **** me Please
Master drive down till it hurts me the softness the
Softness please master make love to my ass, give body to center, & **** me
 for good like a girl,
tenderly clasp me please master I take me to thee,
& drive in my belly your selfsame sweet heat-rood
you fingered in solitude Denver or Brooklyn or fucked in a maiden in Paris
please master drive me thy vehicle, body of love drops, sweat ****
body of tenderness, Give me your ...Read More

by Gilbert, Jack pants
and take the pins from her hair
throwing them on the floor
with a great noise.
Like Crete.
We wouldn't make love.
She'd get on the bed
with those nipples
and we'd lie
and talking of my best friend.
They were in love.
When I got quiet
she'd put on usually Debussy
leaning down to the small ribs
bite me.
Hard....Read More

by Olds, Sharon
...How do they do it, the ones who make love
without love? Beautiful as dancers,
gliding over each other like ice-skaters
over the ice, fingers hooked
inside each other's bodies, faces
red as steak, wine, wet as the
children at birth whose mothers are going to
give them away. How do they come to the
come to the come to the God come to the
still waters, and not love
the one who came there ...Read More

by Levine, Philip
Her own first china, as a wedding gift. 
"Now that your wife is dead, Captain, why can't 

The two of us really make love together?" 
I cannot answer. When I lift a plate 
It seems I almost hear my long-dead mother 
Saying, Watch out, the glass is underfoot. 

Stephan is touching me. "Captain, why not? 
Three days from now and this will all be gone. 
It no longer is!" Son, you don't shout, 
In the long run it doesn't help the pain. 

I gather the b...Read More

by Bukowski, Charles
...was in the tub. The times were different but she
seldom missed, and there was the elephant leaf. And then we'd make love. One or two nights
she phoned and I had to bail her out of jail for drunkenness and fighting. 
"These sons of bitches," she said, "just because they buy you a few
drinks they think they can get into your pants." 
"Once you accept a drink you create your own trouble."
"I thought they were interested in me, not just my body."
"I'm...Read More

by Jong, Erica aroma,
start kneading the pasta. 

As you rock
over the damp sensuous dough,
making it bend to your will,
as you make love to this manna
of flour and water,
the poem will get hungry
and come
just like a cat
coming home
when you least
expect her....Read More

by Piercy, Marge
...e sun to make sugar.

Weave real connections, create real nodes, build real houses.
Live a life you can endure: Make love that is loving.
Keep tangling and interweaving and taking more in,
a thicket and bramble wilderness to the outside but to us 
interconnected with rabbit runs and burrows and lairs.

Live as if you liked yourself, and it may happen:
reach out, keep reaching out, keep bringing in.
This is how we are going to live for a long time: not alwa...Read More

by Lanier, Sidney
...r Lady?
Shall lovers higgle, heart for heart,
Till wooing grows a trading mart
Where much for little, and all for part,
Make love a cheapening art,
Fair Lady?
Shall woman scorch for a single sin
That her betrayer may revel in,
And she be burnt, and he but grin
When that the flames begin,
Fair Lady?
Shall ne'er prevail the woman's plea,
`We maids would far, far whiter be
If that our eyes might sometimes see
Men maids in purity,'
Fair Lady?
Shall Trade aye salve his conscience-...Read More

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