Marriage Poems


Marriage quotes have filled many books. This could be because almost everyone who has succumbed to the commitment of matrimony has an opinion on what makes it thrive or fail. Many offer humorous anecdotes about what happens in between. The brilliant comedian Red Skelton, quipped, “All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner.” Still, mankind is still willing to make the leap of faith and take a partner, supposedly for life. If it is true that marriages are not held together by chains, but built stronger by many threads, then the patchwork we create of our lives with another will be colorful, and one that is uniquely ours together.

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Found 40 poems in the topic of Marriage.
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Ogden Nash
A Word to Husbands by Ogden Nash
To keep your marriage brimming
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you're wrong, admit it;
Whenever you're right, shut up. [ Read More ]

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Wendell Berry
The Country Of Marriage by Wendell Berry
I.

I dream of you walking at night along the streams
of the country of my birth, warm blooms and the nightsongs
of birds opening around you as you walk.
You are holding in your body the dark seed of my sleep.

II.

This comes after silence. Was i… [ Read More ]

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Ogden Nash
I Do, I Will, I Have by Ogden Nash
How wise I am to have instructed the butler
to instruct the first footman to instruct the second
footman to instruct the doorman to order my carriage;
I am about to volunteer a definition of marriage.
Just as I know that there are two Hagens, Walter and Copen,
I know… [ Read More ]

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Sonnet 116-Let me not to the marriage of true minds by William Shakeapeare
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments; love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no, it is an ever-fixèd mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'r… [ Read More ]

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Epithalamium: A Marriage Poem by Major Jr.
'Twas summer, when softly the breezes were blowing,
And Hudson majestic so sweetly was flowing,
The groves rang with music & accents of pleasure
And nature in rapture beat time to the measure,
When Helen and Jonas, so true and so loving,
Along the green lawn were see… [ Read More ]

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The Perfect Marriage by Vachel Lindsay
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I hate this yoke; for the world's sake here put it on:
Knowing 'twill weigh as much on you till life is gone.
Knowing you love your freedom dear, as I love mine--
Knowing that love unchained has been our life's great wine:
Our one great wine (yet spent too so… [ Read More ]

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William Shakespeare
Sonnets CXVI: Let me not to the marriage of true minds by William Shakespeare
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring … [ Read More ]

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William Shakespeare
Sonnet CXVI by William Shakespeare
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering … [ Read More ]

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Spike Milligan
When I Suspected by Spike Milligan
There will be a time when it will end.
Be it parting
Be it death
So each passing minute with you
Pendulummed with sadness.
So many times
I looked long into your face.
I could hear the clock ticking. [ Read More ]

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The Old Man's Calendar by Jean Fontaine
OFT have I seen in wedlock with surprise,
That most forgot from which true bliss would rise
When marriage for a daughter is designed,
The parents solely riches seem to mind;
All other boons are left to heav'n above,
And sweet SIXTEEN must SIXTY learn to love!
Ye… [ Read More ]

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The Ache Of Marriage by Denise Levertov
The ache of marriage:

thigh and tongue, beloved,
are heavy with it,
it throbs in the teeth

We look for communion
and are turned away, beloved,
each and each

It is leviathan and we
in its belly
looking for joy, some joy
not t… [ Read More ]

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This Beautiful Black Marriage by Diane Wakoski
Photograph negative
her black arm: a diving porpoise,
sprawled across the ice-banked pillow.
Head: a sheet of falling water.
Her legs: icicl [ Read More ]

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Edgar Allan Poe
Eulalie by Edgar Allan Poe
I dwelt alone
In a world of moan,
And my soul was a stagnant tide,
Till the fair and gentle Eulalie became my blushing bride-
Till the yellow-haired young Eulalie became my smiling bride.

Ah, less- less bright
The stars of the night
Than the eyes of t… [ Read More ]

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The Marriage Of Geraint by Lord Tennyson
The brave Geraint, a knight of Arthur's court,
A tributary prince of Devon, one
Of that great Order of the Table Round,
Had married Enid, Yniol's only child,
And loved her, as he loved the light of Heaven.
And as the light of Heaven varies, now
At sunrise,… [ Read More ]

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"To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage" by Robert Lowell
"It is the future generation that presses into being by means of
these exuberant feelings and supersensible soap bubbles of ours."
--Schopenhauer

"The hot night makes us keep our bedroom windows open.
Our magnolia… [ Read More ]

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The Last Tournament by Lord Tennyson
Dagonet, the fool, whom Gawain in his mood
Had made mock-knight of Arthur's Table Round,
At Camelot, high above the yellowing woods,
Danced like a withered leaf before the hall.
And toward him from the hall, with harp in hand,
And from the crown thereof a carcan… [ Read More ]

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Marriage Bells by Emma Lazarus
Music and silver chimes and sunlit air,
Freighted with the scent of honeyed orange-flower;
Glad, friendly festal faces everywhere.
She, rapt from all in this unearthly hour,
With cloudlike, cast-back veil and faint-flushed cheek,
In bridal beauty moves as in a t… [ Read More ]

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William Blake
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake
The Argument.


Rintrah roars & shakes his fires in the burdend air;
Hungry clouds swag on the deep

Once meek, and in a perilous path,
The just man kept his course along
The vale of death.
Roses are planted where thorns grow.
And on the bar… [ Read More ]

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The Man of Law's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer
THE PROLOGUE.


Our Hoste saw well that the brighte sun
Th' arc of his artificial day had run
The fourthe part, and half an houre more;
And, though he were not deep expert in lore,
He wist it was the eight-and-twenty day
Of April, that is messenger to … [ Read More ]

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Belphegor Addressed To Miss De Chammelay by Jean Fontaine
YOUR name with ev'ry pleasure here I place,
The last effusions of my muse to grace.
O charming Phillis! may the same extend
Through time's dark night: our praise together blend;
To this we surely may pretend to aim
Your acting and my rhymes attention claim.
Long… [ Read More ]

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Robert Frost
Place for a Third by Robert Frost
Nothing to say to all those marriages!
She had made three herself to three of his.
The score was even for them, three to three.
But come to die she found she cared so much:
She thought of children in a burial row;
Three children in a burial row were sad.
One man… [ Read More ]

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