Words can serve as a reminder of one’s worth, and can be turned to again and again for comfort during difficult times. Looking to uplift the one you love? Imperfect Ink is here to provide you with an outlet, tools, and inspiration for writing the perfect love letter for him.
The Best Love Letters for Him of All Time
Even the world’s greatest poets and novelists have turned back to the classical art of letter writing to tell their loved ones how they feel. If you need inspiration, there’s no better place to look than to the star-crossed lovers of history. Here are some of our top picks:
Mary Wollstonecraft to William Godwin
Groundbreaking 18th-century feminist Mary Wollstonecraft suffered her fair share of heartbreak before meeting her future husband, William Godwin. Perhaps as a result of her prior relationship trauma, the two shared a slow-and-steady courtship, filled with swoon-worthy correspondences. She wrote:
“Men are spoilt by frankness, I believe, yet I must tell you that I love you better than I supposed I did, when I promised to love you for ever — and I will add what will gratify your benevolence, if not your heart, that on the whole I may be termed happy.”
And if you’re left with any doubts about the efficacy of love letters, you should know that Godwin penned back:
“You cannot imagine how happy your letter made me. No creature expresses, because no creature feels, the tender affections, so perfectly as you do…”
Juliette Drouet to Victor Hugo
Though he grew up in a time characterized by strife and war, we’re guessing that Juliette Drouet’s letters to this famed novelist made him a little less miserable. Not to be outdone by her tome-writing love, Juliette wrote Hugo enough letters to fill a book of her own. Compliments and confessions of her love can be found on every page:
“I love you truly, and neither know, nor can conceive, any personality more deserving of devotion than yourself. I look up to you as a faithful, reliable friend, as the noblest and most estimable of men.”
Frida Kahlo to Diego Rivera
Esteemed artist Frida Kahlo is most known for her self-portraits, but she could also paint a pretty picture of her husband through her words. Her hand-written letters to Diego Rivera were full of imagery only a visionary like Kahlo could capture, often stamped with a lipstick kiss.
“You are all the combinations of numbers. Life. My wish is to understand lines form shades movement. You fulfil [sic] and I receive. Your word travels the entirety of space and reaches my cells which are my stars then goes to yours which are my light.”
Oscar Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas
Even a two year sentence in abysmal prison conditions could not stop Wilde from documenting his love for Lord Alfred Douglas. Douglas being a poet himself, Wilde may have felt extra pressure to present beauty through his words, and he certainly did not disappoint:
“Most people live for love and admiration. But it is by love and admiration that we should live.”
Want to write your own love letters to him? Here are some tips to make it extra special and timeless.
It’s time to try your hand at creating a handwritten treasure for your loved one. Here are a few quick tips for achieving the maximum impact (and maybe even making him shed a tear or two):
- Make it personal
- Don’t rely on clichés when you have a wealth of memories and experiences to draw from
- Speak from your heart
- Flowery language and poetic allusions should never be forced. Your partner will love the letter most if it truly reminds him of you
- Add special touches
- Including ticket stubs, receipts or journal entries from favorite events alongside your letter will add to its value as a precious keepsake
When writing a love letter to your husband, boyfriend, or crush, be sure to keep it personal. Speak from your heart and add a special touch. You can write and submit your own letters at Imperfect Ink.
Start and end your love letter with a description or nickname that's familiar and personal to you both.
Be true and honest when you write, and be sure to pull from personal memories you share.
Expressing your true feelings of love to another while adding intimate memories you share will make your letter extra romantic. Read examples of love letters at Imperfect Ink.