Write a poem this Valentine’s Day that is fun, sweet and romantic.
No need to roll your eyes. Yes, we just said ‘Valentine’s Day poems’. Forget about soppy declarations that make you want to cringe and hide. If you do your job right, self-penned poems can be personal, funny and downright romantic.
So sharpen those quills (or perhaps open your laptop) and let’s get writing.
5 mistakes everyone makes with Valentine’s Day poems
- Trying to be someone you’re not. If you are not a mushy kind of person, don’t feel you have to write something that is dripping with romance. It’s much more truthful and more romantic to be yourself and say what you feel.
- Using cliches. Using tired, old phrases is a surefire way to cheapen your words. If you find that your poem is cliche-laden, ask yourself what you want to say with the phrase and express it in a different way.
- Taking it too seriously. Love is a good thing and writing poetry can be fun, too. Don’t stress over every little detail. If the intent is pure and the tone is honest, all the other pieces will fall into place.
- Following the rules. Poetry doesn’t need to rhyme and great poems tend to break rules. Robin Williams’ character in Dead Poets Society said it best when he made his students tear their textbooks to pieces for its technical graph intended to ‘measure’ the value of a poem.
- Reading poetry advice too avidly (that includes this advice). Just go for it.
Quick ways to make sure your Valentine’s Day poem doesn’t suck
- Speak from the heart. For the moment, forget the rules about creating poetry. A good poem makes the reader feel something. And it will only do that if the writer is expressing him or herself.
- Enjoy the process. Take this advice from the late Kurt Vonnegut, “Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake… Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
- Keep it light… or at the very least throw in a little joke. Valentine’s Day is meant to be fun – no need to spill blood over it.
- Be prepared to be silly. No one is cool in the face of love. Lose the ego and let your guard down. The effect will be an honest, touching expression of sincere affection.
Best Valentine’s Day poems
Roses are red, violets are blue…
When you are old
William Butler Yeats
When you are old and gray and full of sleep
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true;
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead,
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
She walks in beauty
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.
Edgar Allan Poe
For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,
Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda,
Shall find her own sweet name, that nestling lies
Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
Search narrowly the lines! — they hold a treasure
Divine — a talisman — an amulet
That must be worn at heart…
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
And in life's noisiest hour,
There whispers still the ceaseless love of thee,
The heart's self-solace and soliloquy.
You mould my hopes, you fashion me within;
And to the leading love-throb in the heart
Thro' all my being, thro' my pulse's beat;
You lie in all my many thoughts, like light,
Like the fair light of dawn, or summer eve
On rippling stream, or cloud-reflecting lake.
And looking to the heaven, that bends above you,
How oft! I bless the lot that made me love.
[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]
e. e. cummings
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
Valentine’s Day quotes about love & romance
"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." – Aristotle
When you're not sure how to put your feelings into words, the master wordsmiths are there to rescue us. Choose a romantic quote from one of the greats and let your feelings be expressed through them.