How to Write a Valentine's Day Poem

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One of the most creative ways to express your affection on Valentine's Day is to compose a poem which expresses your deepest feelings. Many people find that revealing themselves in poems is easier than telling their partners how they feel.

  • Think about how your poem should sound. Not all poems have to rhyme, but catchy ones do. All poems should have a rhythm to them as they are read. Sometimes, it's hard to revise the rhythm until you read the completed poem aloud.

  • Particularize the poem. Include mentions of the little things that make him special. Stay away from broad analogies. Writing that your love is as large as the moon for instance, will lead you to cliches. Instead, keep the writing simple and focus on characteristics about the individual that you want to honor.

  • Don't be trite. For example, including a romantic Shakespearean quote is done too often to be special. Never start the poem with some line everyone uses, such as, "How do I love thee?/Let me count the ways." Think of your own words and describe events and feelings that you know are relevant to your love. Refer to moments you've shared.

  • Write your poem in a romantic place. Compose in a nature setting at sunset or sunrise or dim the lights in your room and light some candles. Absorb the atmosphere and let it inspire you.

  • Once you finish your poem, ask someone who knows calligraphy to write it for you. If you don't want anyone else to read the poem, but you don't have good handwriting, find a looping script font online and download it. Type the poem and print it out on fancy paper.

  • Read your poem aloud once you think you are done. If something sounds funny, or if the poem is disparaging in any way, redraft your poem.

  • Present your poem in style on Valentine's Day. Roll up your poem and tying it in the center with ribbon. If you prefer to give your loved one a surprise, slip the poem into his briefcase or backpack.

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