😷😔🤑 This article was co-authored by Alicia Cook. Alicia Cook is a Professional Writer based in Newark, New Jersey. With over 12 years of experience, Alicia specializes in poetry and uses her platform to advocate for families affected by addiction and to fight for breaking the stigma against addiction and mental illness. She holds a BA in English and Journalism from Georgian Court University and an MBA from Saint Peter’s University. Alicia is a bestselling poet with Andrews McMeel Publishing and her work has been featured in numerous media outlets including the NY Post, CNN, USA Today, the HuffPost, the LA Times, American Songwriter Magazine, and Bustle. She was named by Teen Vogue as one of the 10 social media poets to know and her poetry mixtape, “Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately” was a finalist in the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards.
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😷😔🤑 Love can move mountains. It can also motivate people to put pen to paper in honor of their true love. If you’re ready to create a Valentine’s Day rhyme for your sweetheart, there are several simple steps you can take today to create the perfect poem.
Part 1Part 1 of 3:Getting the Creative Juices Flowing Download Article
- 1Brainstorm. For a perfect Valentine’s Day poem, sit down and think about love. Start writing down words or even draw pictures that remind you of your sweetheart. Professional poets often use this technique to begin capturing words and concepts later used in verse.XResearch source
- 2Read or listen to love poetry. If you’re still having trouble, reading a Shakespearean sonnet might spark your creativity.XExpert SourceAlicia Cook
Professional WriterExpert Interview. 11 December 2020. Or, listening to audio recordings of famous love poems could help finally unleash your ardor on the page.XResearch sourceAdvertisement
- 3Record personalized details. A truly memorable poem is one that incorporates intimate details from real life. Writing about things such as your partner’s likes and dislikes, pet names and shared experiences adds an endearing touch to your verses.
- 4Develop a list of rhyming words. In keeping with the theme of love, look at the list of words you’ve already created. Now think of several rhyming words to match.XExpert SourceAlicia Cook
Professional WriterExpert Interview. 11 December 2020. For example: me|see, birds|words, sweet|treat.
Part 2Part 2 of 3:Arranging Your Poem Download Article
- 1Choose the number of lines. Will four verses be enough to broadcast your devotion? Six? Eight? Generally speaking, the newer your relationship the fewer lines your poem should have. Your new crush could be overwhelmed by a sixteen line sonnet, whereas your partner of a year might find it adorable.
- 2Decide on your rhyme scheme. After you’ve determined the number of verses, you should decide how you want the rhymes arranged. Placing words that sound similar to each other at the end of each phrase is known as an end rhyme.XResearch source This is the easiest and most popular option for a do-it-yourself love poem. If that form is too limited, however, there are many other variations you can experiment with over time.XResearch source
- 3Keep the same number of syllables in each line. For a balanced poem pay attention to the number of syllables in each verse. They should be roughly the same so the poem will have a balanced, natural rhythm. For example: "You are beautiful/You are very bright/Hang out more with me/You’ll be outta sight." Each verse contains exactly five syllables (5/5/5/5). You can choose to make alternating lines of verse different lengths, however. Just make sure to follow the same pattern throughout the poem. 5/3/5/3, for instance, or 7/4/7/4.
- If you’re unsure how to count the number of syllables, there are several online tools to assist you.XResearch source
- 4Record your poem. Laying out your emotions in verse can be tough task. But if you’ve taken the time to generate ideas and create a basic structure to convey your thoughts this part will happen naturally.
- 5Just do it, then redo it. If you're still wavering over your work, don't. Even writing out a few lines represents a great starting point. But be prepared to revise your poem substantially, adding or deleting words or phrases as needed. In fact, reworking your verses is a normal part of the process. According to many professional writers, practice will always help hone your lines to where you want them to be.XResearch source
Part 3Part 3 of 3:Finalizing Your Work Download Article
- 1Think about how best to present the poem. Do you want to deliver your Valentine’s Day verses on simple notebook paper? Or, would you like to compose them on colored cardboard using glittery letters? Or would you prefer to read your verses aloud? How you choose to share your poem is another way in which you can personalize your message.
- 2Create your final product. After choosing a delivery medium, write out your words as neatly as possible. No matter how memorable your lines, if your sweetheart cannot read them then all your hard work will have come to naught. You could also type and print them out. But you lose the individual touch by doing so. At this stage you can also choose to decorate your poem with pictures or drawings to personalize it further.
- 3Edit your verses. Before final delivery take the time to remove any poor grammar or misspellings. You want your beloved to be focused on your thoughts, not your mistakes. Your words should not only convey devotion and caring, but attention to detail.
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- QuestionHow should I start a rhyming poem?Alicia CookAlicia Cook is a Professional Writer based in Newark, New Jersey. With over 12 years of experience, Alicia specializes in poetry and uses her platform to advocate for families affected by addiction and to fight for breaking the stigma against addiction and mental illness. She holds a BA in English and Journalism from Georgian Court University and an MBA from Saint Peter’s University. Alicia is a bestselling poet with Andrews McMeel Publishing and her work has been featured in numerous media outlets including the NY Post, CNN, USA Today, the HuffPost, the LA Times, American Songwriter Magazine, and Bustle. She was named by Teen Vogue as one of the 10 social media poets to know and her poetry mixtape, “Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately” was a finalist in the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards.
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- QuestionHow does my 8 year old child write the words for the card?Community AnswerAsk your child what pictures she likes to evoke that emotion. Make a list of images, and then make a list of emotions as well. mix them up and into phrases she should use to make a poem. If she has trouble spelling help her out.
- QuestionHow do I show my friends I care?Community AnswerGive them a present or tell them thank you for being a friend.
- QuestionWhat if I like them but they don't know?Community AnswerTry writing an anonymous poem and slipping it somewhere you know the person will find it. You can sign it "your secret admirer."
- QuestionWhat should I write if the boy knows I like him, but he doesn't like me?Community AnswerDon't bother writing a poem to a boy that doesn't like you back. Move on and find somebody else. He doesn't know what he's missing.
- QuestionWhat do I do if I'm too shy to tell him the poem in person?Community AnswerYou don't need to necessarily tell it to them. If you are too shy, then just leave the note/card in a place where he'll see it.
- Have fun with it. If the mood strikes, be silly. But above all, be yourself.
- For the truly tongue-tied, there are poem generating websites that can help you craft a few lines.
- Don’t stress so much about finding the perfect rhymes that you never finish your verses. Your ultimate goal is to share your feelings with your sweetheart. That can’t happen, however, if you never show them your poem.
- ↑Alicia Cook. Professional Writer. Expert Interview. 11 December 2020.
- ↑Alicia Cook. Professional Writer. Expert Interview. 11 December 2020.
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