or maybe it is, so many love poems keep appearing in the blogs. Love poems are some of the hardest poems to write, or so claimed W. H. Auden. Here are a few classics that have inspired poets and lovers over the years:

A few suggestions: use concrete, specific images to show your feelings; avoid sing-song "roses are red" type rhyming; try to say something fresh and new that gives readers a new insight or even a laugh.

 

And check out the following topics:

Poem #11: Begin, "When I . . .

This poem could grow out of a unique moment, like Walt Whitman's "When I Heard the Learned Astronomer." Or it could grow from a stage of your life, Like A. E. Houseman's "When I was One and Twenty." Or maybe you'd like to explore a repeated ritual, like "When I lift the trash can lid . . .." 

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Revise Poems

Revision means re-seeing — looking again with fresh vision at what you've previously made. And since we're talking poetry, we might also consider "re-auditing" — re-hearing — the words.

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A Sense of Form

A poem's form is partly visual: its look on the page. George Herbert's "Easter Wings" is an example of striking visual form, as is e. e. cummings' "r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r." But visual form also works in less obvious ways. The lean, spare look of most Emily Dickinson poems complements her terse style, while the long, sweeping lines of Walt Whitman accentuate his bold, expansive message.

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