Whether you like poetry or not, there was at least one time in your life when you've been touched by love poems. Today I will try to prove that romantic rhymes might just be one of the best ways to confess your feelings to someone special.
Why Do People Enjoy Love Poems
Love it or hate it — it's out there. You read love poems in school, hear them in movies, or on the theater stage. Even if rhymes are not within your usual range of preference, they do sometimes sneak in and leave a warm smile on your face.
You can't always put a finger on it; is it the whimsical rhyming or the deep message encrypted in a love poem that makes you tick? Or maybe it is the fact that romantic poetry has been one of the most popular ways to confess your feelings through art over the centuries?
It's a little bit of everything, actually. The main objective of any form of art is to express emotions. Painters pour their hearts into colors, musicians translate sentiments into tunes and poets choose the words to speak what they feel.
This very act of taking something you can't really touch or see and giving it shape in literary form works like magic. Love poems can remind you of someone dear waiting at home or brighten up your mood if things aren't going as planned.
Of course, not everyone appreciates rhymed lines equally. For some, it's just words without meaning. But I think that we all are capable of warming up towards poetry.
As long as you prepare yourself to see the beauty in the world, you might find confessing your feelings in a poem a very good idea. But why bother?
The Power Of Extraordinary
Unless your job is writing greetings for holiday cards, you most likely don't come across love poems too often. I mean how much do you think about poetry in general?
This is exactly what can make rhymes special for so many people. The alluring selection of words along with a powerful rhythm of each line can create a nearly supernatural effect.
In our everyday life, we tend to speak in short and straightforward sentences.
It makes sense not to overcomplicate things. Why would you go out of your way choosing words to say something like: "We need milk"?
But what if you need to confess your feelings, for example? You might not want to say something too basic or trivial.
Poets are not the ones to pick the easiest path. The grass might be green, but in the eyes of an artist, it might appear emerald or sage. See how a simple wordplay changes the tone and the mood?
With a careful selection of metaphors and allegories, love poems can carry a meaning that is only significant to someone specific. Plus, the real masterpiece can also be a sort of chameleon and alter shades depending on who is looking. Here is a good example of highly symbolical poetry by Lord Byron:
"She walks in Beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies."
Write one yourself or pick one of the classics: there are no rules to opening your heart through poetry. And there is no doubt that your romantic interest will be impressed in the least. Because a poem can carry a whole load of meaning with just a few words.
Confess You Feelings In Less Words
What can be shorter than a simple "I love you"? But, these three words have been so overused that we often find them incapable of expressing how deeply we feel.
Love poems, on the other hand, might be just authentic enough to get your message through without sounding plain. Poetry can vary in length too. From a thousand lines to just a couple of words: art knows no restrictions.
In some cases the fewer words there are, the stronger your message can be. For example, Japanese-style Haiku consists only of three lines and seventeen syllables. Yet, it is still very capable of channeling a wide concept. Like this one by JS Parker:
"I want for all time
To feel the spaces between
Your fingers with mine."
Poetry can also be very flexible. Sometimes it doesn't even rhyme. However, in those cases, it is important that there is a certain level of rhythm that is expressed either through the choice of words or the number of syllables. Check this one out, for instance:
"Falling for you
Was like falling asleep
And then all at once."
The specific positioning of words in combination with an uncommon comparison gives us a feeling of tender but at the same time, intense feelings.
That's just how powerful love poems can be when they are picked or written for the right person.
Not to mention: imagine how flattering it can be to admire an art piece dedicated to you?
Love Poems As Ego Boosters
Picture this scenario: a friend with who you've been dreaming of becoming closer slips a note into your backpack. And there are several lines that make you feel like the most wonderful person in the world because that's how that special someone sees you.
Love poems are very often dedicated to specific people. That's why it can actually be easier to write one yourself than pick from hundreds of existing options.
Because while Shakespearean muses were definitely charming, they can be far from what your modern love interest is like. Plus, outdated language might sound mysterious, but it can also be hard to understand. For example the famous Sonnet 130:
"My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;..."
The very first read of these lines will probably have you like: huh? Additionally, this particular Sonnet, while very romantic towards the end, is not very flattering. Why would you tell someone their hair looks like wires?
So, yes, before you absolutely give up and go with reciting a Hallmark card, give it a shot and try to confess your feelings with one of your own love poems.
How To Write Love Poems: Choose The Words
"No, definitely not, poetry is not my strong suit," you might say. I respectfully disagree. As long as you invest some sincere effort and commit to the idea of channeling your love through poetry: nothing bad can come of it.
Start simple: think about the person you want to confess your feelings to. What are some of their features? How do they make you feel?
If that helps, write all your ideas down. Then do a simple exercise of taking each of the things you thought of several levels up.
Let's say your crush has dark brown hair. Think of the other things that are dark brown. Coffee? Good. Chocolate? Great. Aged wood? Sure, why not.
This can bring you lines, like:
"You're Hershey's, you're Snickers,
You're sweet English Toffee.
If you spit in my cup,
You'll just sweeten my coffee."
There are absolutely no limitations here, just let your imagination run wild. Mix in some private jokes you two might share. Don't worry that it will come out silly or funny, what matters is that your potential lover will be able to appreciate it.
If both of you are Star Wars fans, you can say something along the lines of: "Your laugh makes me feel like I am being tickled by Chewbacca". Unconventional? A little. But very personalized and meaningful.
Next, move on to exploring different styles of love poems, to help you settle on the size and character of the lines you are about to write.
Select A Poetry Style
There are a lot of styles when it comes to poetry. Some are long and some are short. As we have already learned some don't even rhyme, while others have connections between each word.
Depending on your literary skills and personal preferences, you will quickly settle on one or two styles as soon as you start searching.
Very commonly, love poems are written in acrostic style, where each new line starts with a letter of someone's name or a specific word.
You know, like that song: "L is for the way you look at me, O is for the only one I see…"?
Then there are Haiku and Limericks, both short and to the point. But while Haiku focuses on deep and abstract meanings, Limericks are mostly there for fun. Like this one:
"Here's to the girl I love
I wish that she were near
If drinking beer
Would bring her here
I'd drink the whole place dry."
On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are ballads, which can go on virtually forever. Often lines in ballads arrange in groups of four and rhyme rhythms vary between one line to the next one and second to fourth. Here's a good old ballad by Edgar Poe:
"It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me."
Play with words and rhymes and get writing. The more you try, the better you'll get. Now that your freshly created artwork is laid before your eyes: what's next?
Presenting Love Poems To Win Hearts
The presentation is everything. Even the most beautifully written one of all love poems out there can totally lose when not communicated correctly.
So, very logically, your next step is to come up with a delivery channel.
The most straightforward, yet also the most challenging solution, is to read your creation out loud, standing in front of your crush. Yes, this takes a lot of courage, but if you are generally comfortable with public speaking and confident about your interest's feelings, you should be fine.
In case you are not brave enough, or your love is far away: confess your feelings over a video message. You can get even more artistic here. Set up a scene, use color filters, and maybe even add some gentle music to strengthen the effect of your love poem.
You can also turn your love poems into songs and present them as an album entirely dedicated to that special person.
Then there is always writing things down. Pass along a card with a rhymed confession or mail a real old-fashioned letter.
Start thinking outside the box and place your poetry over a set of cupcakes or write it over a tray of lasagna. Because nothing says love like food.
Bottom line: think of a way that will be most appreciated by the person you're interested in and go ahead.
Confess Your Feelings Through Writing Love Poems
Hopefully, you have warmed up to the idea of love poems by this point. I'm not saying they're the ultimate romantic tool, of course, but poetry is definitely an attention-worthy way to confess your feelings.
Seek inspiration online or in classic books and keep practicing while thinking about someone you love. Who knows, maybe you're the next Shakespeare?