How to Write Love Poetry

How to Write Love Poetry

As it is Valentine’s Day it seems very suitable to talk about how to write love poetry. We will start at looking at the basics of  writing a love poem before looking at six elements that you could include in your poem. Finally we’ll look at ways you could improve your poem.

Click below to read all these different tips – many of which could be used for any kind of poetry

Where to Start

As we’ve done many times before we turning to WikiHow to for a step by step guide on how to start writing love poetry. In their article How to Write a Love Poem they recommend the following process:

  1. Be Brave
  2. Brainstorm
  3. Pull Out The Idea You Like
  4. Make Your Writing Stronger
  5. Choose A Metaphor (this is optional!)
  6. Read Your Work Aloud
  7. Rewrite the Paragraph, Placing Line Breaks Wherever You Paused
  8. Keep Editing The Poem Until You’re Satisfied
  9. Refine The Presentation (this is also optional)

As always we recommend you read the whole of How to Write a Love Poem on WikiHow to see the reasons behind each point. We recommend you look at point 7 as there is lots of useful detail there.

What You Could Include In Your Love Poem

Now we have looked at how to write a love poem we are heading over to the website Power Poetry to look at the six different elements that they feel should be included in a love poem from their article 6 Tips for Writing A Love Poem. The tips are:

  1. Feelings
  2. Firsts
  3. Comparison
  4. Tone
  5. Pattern
  6. Spread the Love

The great thing about Power Poetry is that they have a lot of details behind each of their 6 Tips for Writing A Love Poem. We suggest you check it out now.

Now Make It Good

Now you have  written the first draft of your love poem, it is time to go back and make it even better. To help we are going to pick out a couple of tips from Angela Topping‘s article Poem Doctor: 10 Things To Try on her website. Are three suggestions are:

  • Change the tense
  • Consider changing the form
  • Check your rhythm

Head over to Angela Topping’s Website to read all ten tips in her post Poem Doctor: 10 Things To Try.

What is your favourite way of writing a love poem? Tell us in the comments below!

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