How Do You Write A Love Poem?

When you want to express your love for your partner, buying an expensive gift is not always the best tactic. Sure, people appreciate “stuff” — but giving a gift that comes from the heart means so much more than a store bought expression of your affection. I’ve found that a love poem, no matter how cheesy, is the best way to tell someone exactly how you feel.

Writing Love Poem Tactics

There are so many different styles of poetry these days that there is no “right” or “wrong” way to compose your love poem. Classic love poetry can appear in the form of a classical sonnet, a free verse rambling expression of your feelings, even a silly haiku. The key is to be honest and specific. Here are some writing love poem tactics that will get you into a Shakespeare state of mind.

Writing Plain Prose

When I want to write a love poem, I start out writing plain prose — think of it like a journal entry. Write a few paragraphs as quickly as you can without thinking — how does your love make you feel? What are some memories you cherish? Try and describe your first date or your first impression of your partner. Be specific and detailed — the more you get on paper now, the easier your poem will come to you.

Love Poem First Draft

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After you’ve finished your “love poem first draft”, go over it with a critical eye. Can you find any weak verbs, any cliches, any boring pronouns? Replace these weak points with stronger language. For instance, if you originally wrote “I thought you were so pretty”, you might consider something along the lines of “Your eyes glowed like tiny fires” or “You danced around my mind like a sleepwalker”. The more creative and odd you are with your language, the better your poem will express your true emotions. Once you start to revise your language, the poem will begin to take shape.

Writing A Rhyming Love Poem

If you’re interested in writing a rhyming love poem, remember to avoid plain or boring rhyme. Rhyming “love” with “dove” is predictable and boring — try rhymes made up of multiple syllables, like “tender” and “slender” or try avoiding end rhymes altogether — instead using “internal rhyme”, where words in the lines of the poem rhyme with one another. Take your partner’s taste into account — if your lover is traditional, aim for a traditional sonnet. If you are in a relationship with a more avant garde individual, avoid rhyme altogether and write a free verse love poem, where rhyme takes a back seat to language.

Revise Your Love Poem

Someone famous once said that “poems are never written, they are rewritten” — this means that the more you revise, the stronger the love poem will be. Constantly revise your love poem, making weak moments strong with engaging language and interesting wordplay. One good tactic would be to include three solid metaphors for your relationship or your feelings. Things that come in threes are naturally appealing to us as humans — why, we don’t know, but writers have been using the “rule of three” for centuries. You can also use these three metaphors as a structure for your poem — one at the beginning, one at the end, and the final metaphor somewhere in the middle of the love poem.

Presenting Your Love Poem

Once you have a solid version of your love poem, I would suggest hand writing it. A typed poem is not as personal, and your partner will cherish your original words in your own handwriting. Consider putting your poem in a frame, to preserve it and to allow your partner to display it for everyone to see.

When its time to present your love poem to your lover, don’t be shy — light a candle, sit facing one another, and read the poem out loud.

The most important thing to remember when writing the love poem is not to judge your feelings or your words.Let the writing flow out of your hand, not erasing or revising too soon. The truth will come out of you, if you have true feelings for this person. You can always revise after you’ve written — its important to get it all off your chest at once.

Advice About Love Poems

Some final words of advice about love poems:

You don’t have to rhyme. Many famous and powerful poets didn’t feel the “need” to rhyme, and their love poems are just as beautiful.

Read other love poems by poets who are more practiced than you — don’t copy them or rip them off, but use them as inspiration.

If your words come from the heart, it doesn’t matter how “good” the love poem is, your lover will appreciate this unique and precious gesture.

The next time you have a gift giving opportunity, consider writing a love poem. Jewelry, lingerie, and other expensive items are all great gifts, but a love poem written from the heart will prove to your partner that you are truly in love, and will create a memory that the two of you can share forever.

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