Learning Spanish love poems gives students the opportunity to discover how beautiful and enchanting the language can be. It also gives people an insight into the Spanish and Latin American cultures. These cultures have traditionally been very fiery and passionate, and this is reflected in the poems that have been written in Spanish to celebrate love and relationships.
Spanish and Latin American writers and poets have made some incredible contributions to the world of literature. While reading poetry in Spanish may seem a little overwhelming for some Spanish students, love poems are actually quite an easy place to start. The themes inherent in Spanish love poems are universal, and this assists greatly in understanding the true meaning of the words.
Variations of Valentine’s Day are celebrated throughout the Spanish speaking world. If you are in a relationship with someone from a Spanish speaking culture, or you just want to show off your Spanish talents, why not send a Spanish love poem this year! It is very easy to find free Spanish love poems (with English translations) online.
Famous Spanish language poets
One of the most famous Spanish poets is Juan Ramón Jiménez Mantecón, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1956. An excerpt from one of his best known Spanish love poems “Amor” (Love) is set out in Spanish and English below:
“El amor, ¿a qué huele? Parece, cuando se ama,
que el mundo entero tiene rumor de primavera.
Las hojas secas tornan y las ramas con nieve,
y él sigue ardiente y joven, oliendo a la rosa eterna.”
Love, of what does it smell? It seems, when you love,
that the whole world has a rumour of spring.
The dried leaves return and branches with snow,
and it is still ardent and young, smelling like an eternal rose.
Another celebrated Spanish author is Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. He is widely considered to be one of the most important Spanish literary figures, thanks mostly to his beautiful Spanish love poems. Here is one of his most popular poems, “Amor Eterno” (Eternal Love):
“Podrá nublarse el sol eternamente;
Podrá secarse en un instante el mar;
Podrá romperse el eje de la tierra
Como un débil cristal.
Podrá la muerte
cubrirme con su fúnebre crespón;
pero jamás en mí podrá apagarse
la llama de tu amor”
It may cloud the sun forever;
It may dry in an instant the sea;
It may break the axis of the earth
As a weak crystal.
Everything will happen!
cover me with its funereal crepe;
but in me it will never fade
the flame of your love
Some wonderful Spanish love poems have also come from Latin American countries. For example, the Chilean writer Pablo Neruda is considered to be one of the most influential poets of the 20th century. Here is an excerpt from one of his most popular love poems, “Anhelo Su Boca, Su Voz, Su Pelo” (I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair):
Anhelo Su Boca, Su Voz, Su Pelo
Anhelo su boca, su voz, su pelo.
Silencioso y muerto de hambre, rondo a través de las calles.
El pan no me alimenta, amanecer me interrumpe,
yo busca todo el dia para la medida líquida de sus pasos.
Tengo hambre de su risa lisa, sus manos el color de una cosecha salvaje, hambre para las piedras pálidas de sus uñas,
yo deseo comer su piel como una almendra entera.
I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.
Silent, starving I prowl through the streets.
Bread does not nourish me, dawn disquiets me,
I search the liquid sound of your steps all day.
I hunger for your sleek laugh,
For your hands the colour of the wild grain,
I hunger for the pale stones of your fingernails,
I want to eat your skin like a whole almond.
Interested in learning Spanish yourself? It’ll take a while before you will write Spanish poetry but you gotta start somewhere. Why not start here!