I'm curious to see if anyone will even answer this. If you do, feel free to give an explanation as to why it's your favourite. I love poetry; there's so much out there and I'm keen to see what people say.
Most Helpful Guy
My mistress' eyes by William Sheakespeare (Sonnet 130, written in 1609)
My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red; ;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.
She's not the most stunning beauty concerning society's unrealistic expectations. And yet he loves her dearly. He distinguishes between beauty and love, showing the former isn't necessary for the latter.
And yes, I was a good English student :P I enjoyed it a lot.
Most Helpful Girl
So Take My Heart - Tove Ditlevsen.
So take my heart in your hands,
but be careful
this red heart is now yours.
It beats so calmly, it beats so quietly,
for it has loved, and it has suffered,
now it is calm – now it is yours.
It can be hurt, it can forget
but can never forget that it is yours.
It was so strong, so proud, my heart,
it slept and dreamt
Now it can be subdued, but only by you.1