Even the smoothest operator can get tongue-tied and ruin a romantic moment. Thankfully, the experts of sweet nothings didn’t have to speak, but just write their feelings down. We’ve gathered some of their loveliest lines, all of which make up some of the best love poems of all time. So take a look below, and prep yourself for those spontaneous moments of romance—because “How you doin’?” probably isn’t going to cut it.
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.”
“I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved?”