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How to Write a Love Poem for an Anniversary

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A love poem is one of the most meaningful and romantic ways that you can express your feelings about another person. Often people who have difficulties expressing their feelings in words find that poetry is a better outlet for them. Poems do not require complete sentences, summaries or even entirely coherent thoughts in order to be beautiful. Instead, a poem is "musical thought," according to the great poet Thomas Carlyle, and poetry's easy flow of words makes a poem much easier to write than a love letter. In this article, we will discuss how to write a love poem for an anniversary.

How to Write a Love Poem for an Anniversary

Rethink your perception of poetry. Most people think that poetry should rhyme. If you think this, abandon these thoughts. It is very difficult to create good rhyming poetry and will lead to a great deal of frustration. For this exercise, you will be working in non-rhyming poetry, or free-verse.

Write down three things that have happened since you got married that made you happy.Put each thing at the top of its own sheet of paper.These can be the first three things that come to mind. Being together, making a home, having a child, solving problems together, vacations, romantic evenings are all great starting places for your poetry.

Detail the things that make you happy. Write at least three details under each item at the top of the page.For example, if one of your main things is "Making a Home," then give specifics. If your wife always has fresh flowers on the table, or makes you breakfast before work in the morning, mention this. If your husband invariably is the first guy out with a lawnmower in the spring, or has painted the bedroom pink because it was your favorite color, write this down. These details can be single words or whole sentences. For example, your page might look like this so far:Making a Homepink room even though he wanted greenalways first out with the mower in the springEggs and toast in bed on Mother's DayDo this for each thing you wrote down.

Build your poem. Each main thing that you wrote will be its own verse. Write it on a line, followed by the details that you added. Then skip a line and do the same thing for the next item. This structure will begin to resemble a poem immediately.

Make sure that everything you wrote is positive. For example, if you wrote "pink room even though he hates pink," change it to present your spouse in a positive light. Leave words like "hate" out of the poem completely. You do not want to accidentally hurt your spouse's feelings with this poem.

Print your love poem on pretty paper or even put it in a frame so that your spouse can treasure it forever.

Give your poem a title. This can be as simple as the number of years you have been together. If you have been married for ten years you might title your poem "Ten Wonderful Years."

Items you will need
  • Notepad
  • Pencil

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