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A handwritten love poem is a fantastic way to show your special someone how much you care about them. But writing a good love poem isn’t an easy thing to do, which is why the greeting card industry makes bucko bucks every year. Learn everything you need to know about metaphors, rhyming structure and more so you can create a personalized love poem for your sweetheart.

How to Write a Love Poem

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How to Write a Love Poem


Love, like any deeply felt emotion, is difficult to describe. We often think that words cannot do it justice, but one form of language, the love poem, has been used through the centuries to express just that. And given the personal, heartfelt nature inherent to the artform, it’s often more meaningful than a piece of jewelry, box of chocolates, or any other cliche attached to Valentine’s Day in particular.

In this guide, we will consider the basic principles that make a good poem in general, in addition to the themes common to poems about love. We will investigate the qualities of verse, or the song-like rhythm we recognize in older poems, in addition to elements of content, like imagery.

Longing, we say, because desire is full of endless distances.

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Lesson 1 Poem vs. Hallmark Card

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Abstractions and generalities mean little. Your love is not basic; your poem is not basic.

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Lesson 2 On Metaphor and Cliché

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Use imagery to bring idea-words like "love" to life.

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Lesson 3 The Marriage of Content and Form

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Fixed forms like the sonnet are part of a great tradition of love poetry.

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Lesson 4 The Message and the Messenger

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There are themes common to many love poems that may help jump-start your own.

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