How to Write a Romantic Love Poem

by Roe Gillis

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Roe Gillis is a writer, photographer and career specialist who has published articles covering business, travel, medical concerns, family and news. She has an associate degree in journalism from Pensacola State and a background in human resources.

Poetry has been around for centuries, and many great poets have written poems for love and romance. Sure, you could go on the Internet or to the library and dig up one of those old poems for the love of your life. Or you could be adventurous and make the poem special by writing it with only her/him in mind. Whether you find yourself with the task of writing a poem for someone you care about, or just something to add to your personal writing collection, keep these tips in mind, and you'll have hearts fluttering by the syrupy sweetness of your words.

Items you will need

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Computer
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus

Think of the love of your life as you write. Jot down all of the things that make this person special to you. If you don't have anyone particular in mind, think of what you would want in that special person.

Put all of your thoughts on paper. Write as if you are speaking to that person, or if you were telling someone about the person. Don't worry about spelling, rhyming or grammatical errors at this point. Just get those feelings down. Include some of the things you jotted down from Step 1.

Use the thesaurus to say things differently. You may not want to flood the poem with words like "special" or "pretty" over and over again. There are many ways to say "I love you." A thesaurus can help with expressing yourself differently.

After putting all of your thoughts on paper (or the computer if using one), format the poem. Poems can be free form or highly structured. Is it going to rhyme? Will it be a sonnet or free verse? Sonnets have been a popular form of love poem over the years. Also, after formatting the poem, make sure you spelled everything correctly.

Read the poem back to yourself. Is it saying things that you would like to hear someone say to you? Is it accurately conveying how you feel? Let someone else read it. Do they sigh after reading your love poem? Ask them for their honest opinion.

If stuck, go ahead and go to the library or the Internet to see what types of love poems are out there. You will get a sense of where to start with your own.

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Tips

  • There isn't a right or wrong way to express yourself. Just say how you feel.
  • Love poems are big on comparison: Your hair is like the softest flower, your eyes as blue as the sky.