How to Write a Love Poem?

how to write a love poem

What is a Love Poem?

A love poem can be defined as,

“A verbal composition which expresses feelings of love, liking, affection, sexual or physical attraction or yearning for someone in a vivid and imaginative way, characterized by the use of literary techniques such as simile, meter and metaphor and consists of elements like verse, stanza and rhyming words”.

Writing Love Poetry

Writing a love poem means expressing your true and deepest feelings to the love of your life. Majorly, lovers find it difficult to gather their emotions and transform them into rhyming words. If you are going through the same state, do not worry because even the most masterful of the poets like Browning and Shelly have struggled a lot while creating love poems.

On the other hand, at times it might be really easy to create a love poem in case you are running high on your emotions since the words would topple down in heaps and bunches from nowhere.

Steps for Writing a Romantic Love Poem

The preliminary step in writing a poem is to call up your feelings, emotions and memorable moments and then transform them out on a piece of paper in the form of scrambled words, verses and stanzas. You can also use creative writing ideas to super charge your imagination, beforehand.

Following are a few steps which will help you write a love poem.

1. Jot Down Every Likeable Thing About Your Beloved

Write in prose form everything you like about your loved one. Include the beautiful and close moments you have spent together, the kind of background you like when you are with your love (raining, windy, chirping of birds), the physical features you admire, nature, persona etc.

2. Screen Out and Summarize the Most Appealing Points

Pick out the most important and appealing points from the prose. These would be the one that stand stand out to you. Summarize these points.

3. Do Word Grafting

Look carefully at each sentence and replace all verbs and nouns with strong and meaningful ones.

4. Phrase Your Verses

Trim down lengthy sentences and extend the objective ones. Use adverbs and link words to remain m,ore expressive yet short on the verses.

5.Rhyme Tailor Your Poem

Try to make sense out of the edited phrases. Keep in mind that you are not a poet so you don’t necessarily have to choose rhyming words. But, if you are keen on using rhyming words then check out creative poetry prompts  to get some great rhyming ideas. Another option is to insert metaphors where necessary.

6. Play Around with Your Verses

Now play around with words and see which line should come after which line. There is no hard and fast rule for the arrangement.

7. Keep it Personal

Since you want to give a personalized touch to your poem, express your sincere and true thoughts. Make sure that the tone of your love poem is complimentary.

8. Read it Aloud

When you are done with writing your love poem, read it loud and see where you can make changes.

9. Write the Final Draft

Now draft your poem on a nice quality paper. Sprinkle on it some glitter. Fold it neatly and present it to your loved one with a red rose.

10. Get an Audience

Now that you have learned these steps well and written yourself a love poem, get someone to lend an ear to your poem. get feedback and any necessary ideas for the final edits.

Love Quotes to Help You Get Started

In case, you are unable to think of good ideas or theme for your love poem, you can always take help from inspirational love quotes, sayings or love verses from the Bible.

Tons of material related to love is available on the Internet, which will give you a certain direction and spur for your love poem. Make full use of love quotations and impress your beloved with your creation.

English Love Poems

A number of poets belonging to different regions and eras have expressed their precious feelings to the beloved ones in the form of beautiful English love poems. If you want to make your love poem more expressive and romantic, you must read English love poems of Shelly, Shakespeare, William Blake and Browning and notice how they have played with words and created masterpieces.

Example of Famous English Love Poems

In the following poem,  Shelly has expressed his love for Jane. Although moon was shining and stars were sparkling, but they appear dull and monotonous without the melodious voice of his love, Jane.

The keen stars were twinkling,
And the fair moon was rising among them,
Dear Jane.
The guitar was tinkling,
But the notes were not sweet till you sung them
As the moon’s soft splendor
O’er the faint cold starlight of Heaven
Is thrown,
So your voice most tender
To the strings without soul had then given
Its own

-Percy Bryce Shelly

Other examples of famous love poems from English language are:

  • Life in a Love by Robert Browning
  •  Meeting at Night by Robert Browning
  • Love by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Desire by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Writing A Funny Love Poem

You don’t need to always use a serious tone and expressions to show your love. Sometimes, use of satirical, comical and a light tone can also bring a curve to the lips of your love. But make sure that the humor does not exceed limits otherwise; your beloved will be offended. Here is a verse of a funny love poem by Karl Fuchs.

Life was always quite normal and sane;

Now we’ve met and it’s weakened my brain.

Writing a Love Poem for Your Girlfriend

If you follow the 10 steps discussed earlier, you will end up creating a beautiful and romantic poem for your girlfriend. Present this poem to your girlfriend as a perfect gift on Valentine  Day or on her birthday. Love poem can also convey her your feelings when you are proposing her.