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Welcome to my web site, now under development for more than twenty years.   
-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Shakespeare Sonnets for Lovers

All of Shakespeare's sonnets are love poems, but most of them — including the most famous, #18 — are in the voice of a male poet who who has a platonic passion for a younger man, and so they may not be particularly suitable for conveying your feelings for your boyfriend or girlfriend. However, Shakespeare wrote a few that might make you say, "That's exactly how I feel, and what I would have said (if I were a poetic genius)! Following is my list of ten that might suit your purposes.
Three which say "you mean everything to me":
25: "Let those who are in favour with their stars"
29: "When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes"
30: "When to the sessions of sweet silent thought"

Two terrific "miss you" sonnets:
97: "How like a winter hath my absence been"
98: "From you have I been absent in the spring"

This one is will explain why you cannot take your eyes off the object of your desire.
106: "When in the chronicle of wasted time"

This is the ultimate "our love is eternal" poem.
116: "Let me not to the marriage of true minds"

This is for that special someone who plays a harpsichord or piano.
128: "How oft, when thou, my music, music play'st"

This is one is for a sexy woman with a sense of humor.
151: "Love is too young to know what conscience is"

Finally, this is for the occasion when you have been dumped, but still want to cling to a bit of dignity.
87: "Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing"