How to Write a 50th Anniversary Poem

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A golden wedding anniversary is something any couple can be proud of. Many people plan lavish parties to celebrate their 50th anniversary so friends and family can gather with them to mark this momentous occasion. One personalized way to express your feelings for a milestone anniversary like this one is to write a poem for the happy couple. Even if you're not a poet and think you possess no writing skills, it can be done with some planning and preparation.

Determine what type of poem you want to write. Do you want it to rhyme or are you more interested in freestyle poetry? Can you write a haiku, sonnet or limerick? Do you want it to be funny or serious and touching? Choosing the format for your poem beforehand gives you the framework to build your poem around.

Write down everything you can think of about the anniversary couple. Funny stories they've shared with you, pet names they call each other, places they've lived and the story of how they met are all ideas you can weave into your poem.

Implement imagery in your poem to paint a vivid picture by using adjectives and physical or sensory descriptions. Mention the red hat she wore on their first anniversary, the metallic blue of his first car or the brilliant white of the snow that covered the ground when they moved into their first house. Refer to the smell of the roses he gave her when they met, the taste of champagne on their wedding day and the sound of the birds singing on the morning their first child was born. Include words that evoke emotions, such as "love," "tenderness," "loyalty" and "companionship" to describe the couple's relationship and their years together.

Incorporate the elements of poetry, such as alliteration -- the use of the same beginning sound for two or more words in close proximity, and assonance -- the incorporation of several words with the same vowel sounds, throughout the poem. Alliteration and assonance bring a cohesive quality to a poem.

Read over your finished poem and check for errors. Read it aloud to see how it sounds. Tweak and polish it until you're completely happy with the end result.