How to Write a Love Poem

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To write a love poem, read classic love poems, figure out the focus of the poem, find a writing form that feels comfortable, introduce different senses, and re-read the poem several times. Present love poems in a creative or romantic way with ideas from a writing instructor in this free video on writing.

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Hi, I'm Laura from and I'm going to talk about how to write a love poem. Now a poem is a great way to express emotions like love because that's the purpose of a poem is expression of emotion and feelings and really concentrated form. So, start by reading some poems. For example, Shakespeare or Lord Byron, there's really just too many to name, but some really classic poems will get you started in thinking how you might approach writing your poem. I found a book that's a hundred of the best loved poems of all time. And that's a really good place to start. I really enjoyed reading this book. So that's a good way to begin your process and think about once you've found a poem or two that you'd really like to use as an example. Think about what your focus is going to be and then build your poem around that. Feel really comfortable to do any form that fits with what you're feeling. You can also go back over your poem several times and think about ways to really introduce the senses such as smell and touch in to your poem. It's good to walk away from it for a little while and then come back to it and see how you can refine it. Now think about how you're going to present the poem. If you're going to be reading it to somebody, you don't have to think about this as much, but you might want to use a special kind of paper to write the poem on or print it on. Or if you'll be presenting it within another, within a card or something, think about how to write it in a way that will match the idea of the poem. So those are some ideas about how to write a love poem.


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