How to Write a Love Poem
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Hi, I'm Heather Kamins for About.com, and I'm here to talk to you about how to write a love poem.Writing a poem is one of the classic ways to express love. Love poems are often romantic, but they can also express different kinds of love, like friendship, or the love between a parent and a child. Start by brainstorming a list of things about the person you love. Try to be as specific as possible. If you're really general -- things like I love you, or you're beautiful -- those are kind of generic. You want the poem to be special, so try to think of things that could only be from you to them.Once you have a list of ideas, think of different kinds of images or comparisons that you can use. And these can be based on the person you love's interests or hobbies -- for example, if they like to cook, you could use food imagery, or if they like music a lot, you could use musical instrument terms or musical images in your poem.There are lots of different forms you can use to write your love poem. You can do a free verse poem, or you can use a fixed form, like a sonnet. Look through the ideas and the images you've come up with, and let those dictate the form that you'll use.If you're not sure what form you want your poem to take, play with some different forms. You can always rewrite it. You can start out writing a sonnet, and take some of the ideas and images that came out of that poem, and put them into a free verse poem or a sestina. Play around with it until you find out what works.In the end, it's all about expressing your love. More than any technical abilities, just remember to put your heart out there, make it heartfelt, make it special, and the person will appreciate it. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.