Romantic Valentine Day poems are a great way to go beyond the basics of cards, flowers, and chocolates and really send a message of love to your sweetheart. For thousands of years poets have been remembered for the various ways they have been able to shape words into a loving and passionate message. This Valentine's Day, it could be your turn.
Choosing Romantic Valentine Day Poems
The first step in this method of loving expression is to choose the right message. Take the time to think about the target of your affection: what do they find stimulating in you, in others, in the world around them? Finding something they love and then finding a poem that associates you with that something is a way to make them smile when they think of either.
Locating a poem that will make that connection is easier than you might think. Gone are the days when you'd have to page through book after book in the library, trying to find the right poem to express yourself. Now, a quick google search will turn up thousands of sites dedicated to love poetry, from the sacred to the profane. However, remember that just because it's on the Internet doesn't mean it's good.
Give 'Em What They Want
Unless they are completely clueless, your Valentine is going to appreciate the effort put into choosing a poem whether they actually appreciate the art or not. However, it is important to keep what they want in mind, and not just put in any old poem that some website or book tells you is romantic. If your Valentine hates Shakespearean plays, odds are they are not going to enjoy one of his sonnets. Likewise, very straightforward, direct-speaking individuals are probably not going to really get or appreciate the verbal trickery of E. E. Cummings, no matter how good a poem it is.
There's also the fact that if you just go with one of the famous poems (like the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam) you're using the equivalent of a love cliché. Taking the time to research some of the more esoteric poems, the ones that didn't get put into millions of cards or used in mass-market commercials, can be like presenting your valentine with a rare treasure. Poets like Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson wrote much, much more than the poems everyone has heard or read. Reading through some of their earlier works can bring you a more precious poem to share with your romantic interest.
It goes without saying that you should be sure not to plagiarize or take credit for a poem that you didn't write. Luckily, writing your own poem is not actually that hard.
The Advantage of Free Verse
Sometimes simply making the effort to create a poem can be incredibly touching for that special someone. Try the following exercise to come up with a "free verse" original poem that will let your love know how you feel:
- Write five to ten "You are…" sentences. These are sentences that state, simply, what they mean to you. Try to make them more than three word-sentences, and use adjectives and comparisons: You are beautiful is not as good as You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen.
- Put in food and nature that either or both of you like. Food is going to elicit a visceral reaction, and nature tends to imply either beauty or power - strong as rock, delicate as a butterfly.
- Take out some of the articles and pronouns. Whenever possible, "you," "I," or "a, and, the, or, nor, for," should be taken out. This leaves you with a string of nouns and adjectives, and makes the poem more powerful and direct.
- Personalize it. Find some way to let the person know all those words are talking about them - either by putting their name in the title, or by ending it with words like "You are."
- Claim Authorship. A personal romantic poem is not much good if they don't know that it's from you. Make sure you put your name to it, so they realize, even if they don't like the words, they can appreciate the sentiment.
Using that exercise, you may come up with something like this:
My Dana - by Gray Miller
Smooth comfort for troubled mind.
Luscious mocha color on tongue.
Strange beauty never expected.
Wild passion after midnight.
Strong warrior against chaotic life.