Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Romantic Scrapbooking Part 2; How to Write a Love Poem

How to Write a Love Poem

For the cash-strapped, or romantically inclined, writing a sincere, well thought out love poem for your Scrapbook may be just the ticket to your loved one's heart.

It is easy to express your true feelings and thoughts in free-verse or rhyme. You don't need to be a Shelley or Browning to write a great poem. All it takes is sincerity, effort, a loving feeling...and something to write with.

  1. Write a page of standard prose, as fast as you can, about how you felt the first time you saw your loved one, how you felt the first time you knew you were in love, and how you feel right now about being together. These three moments in time will create the structure of your poem.
  2. Replace any weak verbs with stronger verbs and any pronouns with proper nouns. Words depicting the 5 senses work well for love poems.
  3. Reread your passage and pick a metaphor to tie the three moments together. Choosing a metaphor is the most fun part so be wild with it. An opening flower is a tried and true metaphor for love, but a cloud that looks like a heart might work even better.
  4. Rewrite your passage using the metaphor to describe the three moments.
  5. Read your page aloud, change things that sounds "off" to you. Make notes where you feel there's a pause in the flow.
  6. Write the poem, putting a line breaks where you made the notes.
  7. Paste it into your Scrapbook as the cover page - or next to the photo that most inspired the poem!
*And if you ever get married, renew your vows or just have one of those unique opportunities together where a speech to one another is required, use the poem as your read - this will definitely pull on the heart strings.

Happy Scrapping!

3 comments:

  1. thanks. i wanted to create a scrapbook about my boyfriend and me - and i could not figure out what to write or how to write something that would show the love i feel. this is cool. i can't wait to do this now.

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  2. Thank you so much.

    I am glad you found value in this post.

    I would love to see your pages by the way...

    You can share them with me via email at cijaye at scrapbookingdirections.com

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  3. Interesting post... I can see that you put a lot of hard work on your blog. I'm sure I'd visit here more often. George from love poem.

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