Shakespeare's Most Romantic Sonnets

Top 5 Shakespeare Sonnets

The Shakespeare sonnets are considered by many to be the most romantic poems ever written. We pick out the top 5 Shakespearean sonnets to get you into a romantic mood.

Sonnet 18: 'Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?'

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Sonnet 18 deserves its fame because it is one of the most beautifully written verses in the English language. The sonnet’s endurance comes from Shakespeare’s ability to capture the essence of love so cleanly and succinctly.

Sonnet 116: 'Let Me Not To The Marriage Of True Minds'

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 is one of the best-loved in the folio because it can be read as a wonderfully celebratory nod to love and marriage. Indeed it continues to feature in wedding ceremonies worldwide.

Sonnet 29: 'When In Disgrace With Fortune and Men's Eyes'

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29 is noted as a favourite with Coleridge. It explores the notion that love can cure all ills and make us feel good about ourselves. It demonstrates the strong feelings that love can inspire in us; both the good and bad feelings.

Sonnet 73: 'That Time Of Year Thou Mayst In Me Behold'

Sonnet 73 is hailed as one of the Bard's most beautiful sonnets. The speaker in the poem suggests that his lover will love him more, the older he gets, because his physical ageing will remind him that he will die soon.

Sonnet 1: 'From Fairest Creatures We Desire Increase'

Shakespeare is suggesting in this poem that if the fair youth does not procreate then it would be very selfish; he would be greedily and pointlessly hoarding his beauty and not passing it on to future generations for the world to enjoy.