Writing romantic poems can be complex or easy, depending on how you define poems. Of course, you could follow literature conventions and adhere to strict poetry structure…
If that’s the case, scroll down to my quick refresher on poetry structure.
I personally prefer off-the-cuff poetry that comes from the heart.
Have you ever seen poetry on a fridge? I recommend Magnetic Poetry Kit: Romance as the perfect (and fun) tool to express your love on a daily basis.
Off-the-Cut Romantic Poetry for Everyone
Romantic Poems can rhyme but you shouldn’t worry if they don’t. The whole point is to have fun and express your love to your partner. Here are a few ideas to get you going:
- Create an acrostic with your partner’s name, with each letter focussing on one thing you like about her/him.
Ultimate partner and father
To make it even more entertaining, include your partner’s last name, (a little more work for you… but you can handle it), then write each line on separate cue cards and hide them in various places in the house.
The treasure hunt and puzzle of how to piece them together could be a great Valentine’s Day gift or activity!
- Turn any top-ten lists into romantic poems. For example, write down the top ten reason why you fell in love with your partner. Once you have them all written down, see if you can tweak some of the wording to make some lines rhyme.
- Not feeling inspired? Borrow the words of great writers: romantic poems by Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson or E. B. Browning.
- Love letters, although not romantic poems per se, will certainly please your partner.
- Not enough time to write anything down? Here a few romantic and thoughtful ideas that will brighten your partner’s day.
- Learn a new language… or at least a few words in another language, and share your love through Italian romantic phrases.
- Use someone’s else words but add a personal twist to it. You can use one of these romantic quotes and frame it, text it or use it as inspiration for your very own romantic poem.
Are you a stickler for proper form? Then feel free to use one of these official (and oversimplified definitions of) popular poetry structures*:
- Acrostic: The first letter of each line spells out a name or word.
Let us forever stay together
Outings and trips we’ll take
Vendettas and quarrels we’ll avoid
Eternal love and compassion will be ours.
- Alliteration: You repeat certain consonant sounds in close proximity.
- Haiku: A Japanese poetry structure where you write a first line with 5 syllables, second line with 7 syllables, then last line with 5 syllables.
- Limerick: 5 lines with a AABBA rhyming pattern (where each letter represents a different rhyme). The first, second and last line has an equal number of syllables (trimeter) and the third and fourth lines have fewer syllables (dimeter).
There once was a guy named Bruce Hander;
Whose blue eyes couldn’t help but wander;
He then met me,
Miss Little Dee;
And of me he’s forever fonder.
- Sonnet: 14 lines of text following specific rhyming patterns like ABABCDCDEFEFGG (where each letter represents a different rhyme). There are many different patterns that can be used. See an example of a Love Sonnet by Shakespeare that follows this pattern.
*There are other types of poetry structures…
… but this isn’t the place for a formal (and dull) lesson on poetry. 😉