Find a form to encapsulate your romantic words. The English (or Shakespearean) sonnet works particularly well at delivering messages of romance. Shakespearean sonnets are composed of four stanzas: ABAB/CDCD/EFEF/GG. Each stanza is in quatrain form while the final two lines are in couplet form.
Begin the poem with an image or sense evoking your poem's message. The opening line to Shakespeare's Sonnet XVIII, for example, is "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" Shakespearean sonnets are written in iambic pentameter, meaning five feet (10 syllables) of unstressed-stressed syllables. Start each line with an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, such as in the example.
Finish the poem in couplet form with a "volta" -- the turn -- to summarize or change the direction of the poem to reveal its true meaning. These final lines will serve as your vehicle for asking out the girl who inspired the poem. For instance, "Although I am shy, I cannot perceive / the concept of love without you and me."
Slip the poem in her locker or someplace she will easily find it, or deliver it face to face with an accompanying bouquet of flowers to express your exact feelings. Red roses, for instance, are a classic symbol of passionate love.
- Read your lines out loud to help hear the rhythm.
- Write the poem by hand for a more personal touch.