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Valentine Poetry

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Valentine's Day is only a few weeks away, giving you plenty of time to devise a special surprise for that one special person. There are plenty of ways you may treat your significant other to a memorable time, such as a romantic night out on the town or serenading him or her with a private concert for just the two of you. There really is no wrong way to celebrate the occasion as long as the two of you enjoy it together.

That being said, if the traditional route doesn't suit your tastes, you might want to consider crafting something of your very own. Compositional work touches the heart in ways that a night out to dinner and a movie cannot even compare. Poetry may seem a daunting idea, but here are a few styles that may make attempting this form of writing a little easier:

Sonnet: The sonnet is one of the most recognizable forms of poetry. It consists of fourteen lines. Depending on what you are trying to say, the way those fourteen lines are broken up may differ. Typically, an English sonnet has three sets of four-line quatrains, followed by a rhyming two-line couplet. A wonderful example of the romantic nature of the sonnet is Elizabeth Barret Browning's Sonnet 43, otherwise known as 'How Do I Love Thee?' The form itself requires a consistent rhyme scheme which does not come easily to everyone.

Ghazal: This Middle Eastern poetry form is composed of at least five couplets that do not need to rhyme, but the last section of the second line must be repeated in all subsequent second lines in the couplets.

You dazzle me as always my dearest one, / Twirling about in the brilliant sunlight

Your laughter takes flight on the summer winds, / Enjoying my glamored stupor in the white sunlight

The lines are autonomous by nature, but if you are looking to dazzle your own fair one, your feelings will maintain a consistent theme in your work.

Haiku: Another well known poetry form is the haiku. It is a simple form. The haiku consists of three lines, with 5 syllables in the first and third, and 7 syllables in the second line. Rhyme scheme does not matter in this kind of poem.

The jewels of Pharaoh

Are meaningless to me when

You whisper my name.

If you cannot instinctively find the syllable breaks in the lines you wish to write, a dictionary is the best place to go. Along with the definition of words, dictionaries have the syllabic pauses that will help you write your haiku.

Do not think that these three examples of poetry are an exhaustive collection of form. Entire textbooks are dedicated to the art. These forms of poetry are familiar to most casual readers and lend themselves well to romantic endeavors. Whichever poetic form you decide to use, give yourself time to properly plan and polish your special gift. Remember that everything becomes easier with time and practice.

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