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How to Write a Love Poem

February 4, 2010

How to Write a Love Poem

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This is a tongue-in-cheek step-by-step way to produce a poem for your loved one, based on an experiment I did in the Bluecoat for the opening of their latest exhibition. I expect the same method, with tweaking, would work for your worst enemy.

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The most important thing about a love poem is that you have bothered to do it at all. This isn’t about mastery of form. It’s about creating something new, quirky and original to express the new, quirky and original feeling you get when you say hello to a pretty girl/boy.  I’m sure you can improve on my example, I did that in five minutes and didn’t feel the tingly feeling for the person I wrote it for.

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INSTRUCTIONS (DO NOT FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS PRECISELY)

  1. Complete this sentence with a phrase: Our Love is Like…. (eg. “a big fat balloon about to pop”)

Maybe pick something that relates to your own relationship specifically, or a shared anecdote perhaps.

  1. Search the phrase you have written in Google, without ‘Our Love is Like’.e.g. Search “a big fat balloon about to pop”
  2. Click the links for the first few pages and copy and paste any interesting phrases or paragraphs into a Word document.LikeJust imagine their surprise as they open a large stripy gift box and this romantic “Will You Marry Me?” balloon jumps out. A fun marriage proposal idea they are sure to remember. A romantic balloon with the words “Will You Marry Me?” in its centre. I was elated a few months later to see the print magazine at least one recipe search and rescue operation and media frenzy after it was reported he was inside a homemade helium balloon that broke loose and drifted for hours thousands of feet above …

    Etc.

  3. Have a go at putting together these phrases into a new and interesting order.- Add the word Love here and there.- Add the words You and Me here and there.
  4. Put on the end a line to hammer the point home about your brand new metaphor.

Result

OUR LOVE IS LIKE A BIG FAT BALLOON JUST ABOUT TO POP

Just imagine your surprise as you

open my large stripy pyjamas and

I jump out “Will You Marry Me?”

We set off a massive search and rescue operation

inside Love and drift thousands of feet above

our family for much of the day.

“I have a question for you!

You know when are in Love

it goes down a little after half a day –

and then more etc… well

why was I elated for a few months?”

I just don’t know where to start.

I am still about to pop.

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