How Do I Write a Love Poem?

Updated on October 2, 2018
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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If I Could Write a Love Poem

Previously I wrote a poem called "If I Could Write a Love Poem." It was very well received and even selected to turn into a song that was recorded on an album by award-winning British/Israeli singer Tally Koren.

I imagine that having a poem deemed good enough to record as a song means I can now say, "I can write a love poem." This is the sequel, which I had published at The Creative Exiles but felt as the original poem was here so this one should be here as well.

“I’d pull the clouds down from the sky to wrap you in their softness, so you will never die."

"I'd pull the clouds down from the sky.."
"I'd pull the clouds down from the sky.." | Source
"I'd strip the flowers from off the trees.."
"I'd strip the flowers from off the trees.." | Source

How Do I Write a Love Poem?


How do I write a love poem?

First, I choose the words with care,

That compliment your features

Such as eyes, complexion, hair.


I describe what makes you special,

Why I love you more than life,

The reason why I bent my knee

To take you as my wife.


How do I write a love poem?

I pull clouds down from the sky

To wrap you in their softness,

So you will never die.


I steal the tides that wash ashore

To describe your wavy tresses,

And strip the flowers from off the trees

To clothe you in fine dresses.

"I'd squeeze the love out of my heart, the words drip out like blood.."

Bleeding heart
Bleeding heart | Source

How do I write a love poem?

I learn from poets past,

Like Browning, Burns, and Dickinson,

Or Byron, Poe, and Frost.


I squeeze the love out of my heart.

The words drip out like blood,

And form a raging river

That traps you like a flood.


How do I write a love poem?

I just gaze into your eyes,

Your shining smile becomes my muse

And soothes this writer’s cries.

"I just gaze into your eyes.."
"I just gaze into your eyes.." | Source

Compare These Classic Love Poems

The following two poems are written in very different styles, but both beautiful love poems none-the-less.

A Red, Red Rose

by Robert Burns

O my Luve's like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June;
O my Luve's like the melodie
That's sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry:

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun;
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Luve,
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' it ware ten thousand mile.

She Walks In Beauty

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.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

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How Do I Write a Love Poem?
How Do I Write a Love Poem? | Source

Questions & Answers

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      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks DDE, much appreciated. Take care.

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        Devika Primić 

        2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Jodah, you shared a beautiful write here. The photo is a stunning.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Thelma, I greatly appreciate that kind comment.

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        Thelma Alberts 

        2 years ago from Germany

        Congratulations ! Your poem is so beautiful. No wonder it is now a song. Well done!

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Deb. That is a kind thing to say.

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        Deb Hirt 

        2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

        Congrats on your finest hour! You are a superb poet.

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        Ann Carr 

        2 years ago from SW England

        I agree totally and sometimes the 'rough and raw' has more impact.

        Ann

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Ann, well Lord Byron is much more eloquent and refined than Burns, but the Burns has a special rough and raw appeal I think. Thanks for the kind comment about my poetry.

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        Ann Carr 

        2 years ago from SW England

        Well done, John! What a coup, getting a poem recorded! I'm impressed. But then I'm not surprised as your poetry is so good.

        I have to say Byron soars way above Burns in my book but those poems are both indeed beautiful love poems.

        Ann

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        You humble me, Shauna. Far exceeding poems by Robbie Burns and Lord Byron, really? I will accept that wonderful compliment though :) yes it certainly was an honour to have my poem selected as a song. Thanks my friend.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        2 years ago from Central Florida

        John, congratulations on having your poem put to music. That's the highest honor, in my opinion.

        I love this one as well. In fact, I think your love poems far exceed Lord Byron and Robert Burns. I mean that.

        I love Bob Marley's quote. Not only is it profound, it makes perfect sense.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for your kind comment, ignugent7. Much appreciated.

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        ignugent17 

        2 years ago

        It is really beautiful. I enjoy reading it. :-)

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Vellur. I appreciate your kind wishes.

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        Nithya Venkat 

        2 years ago from Dubai

        Beautifully expressed love poem. Congratulations and I hope many of your poems are selected!

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey MsDora, we are always trying to extend and better ourselves, right?i admit the title "song writer" sure has a nice ring to it :) thank you for your encouraging words.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 years ago from The Caribbean

        Congratulations on crossing over to become a songwriter (of a love song, at that). The words are absolutely attractive to any one contemplating love. So is the entire Lovers' Lane article.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Paul. I am happy that you enjoyed this hub and really appreciate you sharing this. I agree with your opinion of the Robert Burns' poem also.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 

        2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Ienjoyed reading this article with collection of love poems very much. I have always been a romantic and can definitely identify with the imagry in these poems. Robert Burns' poem was especially nice. I am sharing this hub with HP followers and on Facebook with my followers.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        So glad you like the poem, Nell. Thanks for the generous comment. I was pretty stoked when the first one was chosen as a song. Tally has completed the album and going to post me a copy. Cheers.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for your kind support, Kim. Yes, Soundcloud seems great and I will check out your son's song. I am sure it is wonderful..song of the day, wow!

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        Nell Rose 

        2 years ago from England

        Hi John, first of all I absolutely loved your poem, I think it should be up there with the greats! just as good! and of course good old Lord Byron, wonderful! And I didn't know that it was a song? Amazing, congrats!

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        ocfireflies 

        2 years ago from North Carolina

        John,

        What a treat. Chill bumps. I am such a fan of Soundcloud for it is really where my son got his start. In fact, a duet he did with his gf got Soundcloud Song of the Day several years ago. If you want to check it out, look up Joseph Houck and the song, "Intertwine."

        Tally really did your poem justice. So impressed with you and your poetry.

        Blessings,

        Kim

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks Alicia(Linda), I am glad you enjoyed the poem. That is my favourite stanza too :) and I appreciate the congratulations.

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        Your poem is lovely, Jodah. I especially like the third stanza. I think it's beautiful. Congratulations on having a poem used as song lyrics!

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Hello, Suzette. I never thought about it that way, the song would would live on in immortality. Thank you, that is a nice thought.

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        Suzette Walker 

        2 years ago from Taos, NM

        Beautiful poem and how wonderful to be chosen to be recorded as a song. You live in immortality.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for the generous comment, Marion. Greatly appreciated.

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        Marion Drury 

        2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

        Congratulations! Well done with your poem selected for the song. Very much enjoyed this piece. The poem just flows effortlessly. Love the rhyme. Thank you once again.

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        mckbirdbks 

        2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Out doing Byron is a very big compliment.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Mike. Thanks for that..you are right, I can now say I have written a love song :) Now I hear it is back on Soundcloud I can include the link again. Haha..yeah I guess it was a brave move including the Byron and Burns poems, but hey, Victoria said I outdid Byron :) now that's cool.

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        mckbirdbks 

        2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Hi John. I think I would turn up the scales a notch and claim, "I wrote a love song. Rather than a love poem." You have the proof, in that it is recorded.

        You will never find me writing a poem, then on the same page put a Byron or a Burns to compare it to.

        Well done.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Shyron, thanks for the lovely poetic response.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Larry. I always appreciate you reading my hubs.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi, Ruby. Thank you. Yes, Bob Marley said some wise things.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Much appreciated, Glenis. She Walks in Beauty is a lovely poem.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        That means a lot coming from you, Manatita. You are right about Burns and Byron.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Linda. I really appreciate that comment.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank, Bill. It's a star, but we'll see where it leads.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Wow, thank you Victoria. Out Byroning Byron is a real compliment. Marley was a pretty wise man too.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Flourish. Yes it is kind of exciting.

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        Shyron E Shenko 

        2 years ago from Texas

        I felt and heard the lessons you have learned

        From Browning, Poe and Burns

        I felt the sway from Byron, Dickinson and frost

        That every word you write, on us will not be lost

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        Beautiful

        Blessings

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        Larry Rankin 

        2 years ago from Oklahoma

        Great read!

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        2 years ago from Southern Illinois

        John, you do know how to write a love poem, and it's beautiful! Bob Marley's words are so meaningful.

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        Glenis Rix 

        2 years ago

        Lovely hub and great choice of poems - She Walks in Beauty is one of my favourites. Love the Bob Marley quote

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        manatita44 

        2 years ago from london

        Well Jodah, you do these love-poems exceptionally well. The video is awesome to and you chose two of my favourite poets. Burns remain vibrant, alive... like an intoxicated man; Byron is sublime; sure-footed ...

        Very fragrant Hub, this. Have a blessed Sunday.

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        Linda Lum 

        2 years ago from Washington State, USA

        John I am so very happy for you, and this hub demonstrates just how very talented you are. Your wife is a very lucky woman indeed to be loved so.

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        Bill Holland 

        2 years ago from Olympia, WA

        That is just too cool! You hit the Motherlode, my friend. Congrats!

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        Victoria Lynn 

        2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        This is great! I love your rhyme. It's beautiful and isn't forced at all. Lord Byron, whom I love, has nothing on you! Congrats on your earlier poem being made into a song. Wow!

        I love what Marley said. :-)

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 years ago from USA

        How terrific that your song was selected to be recorded as a song. You're quite a poet!

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for your very kind comment, Chitrangada. I am glad you enjoyed both these poems.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Jackie. Yes, it is exciting. I did have a link to the song on the hub when Tally first recorded it, but it has been taken off the Internet, probably because it is on her album and not a single now. Hopefully I can get another link in time.

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Hello, Theresa. Thank you for reading this and your lovely comment. Yes, I added the info about the poem being made into a song but you had probably already read the hub before that. Blessing to you also.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        2 years ago from New Delhi, India

        You write it so beautifully and then you ask how do I write a love poem!

        I had enjoyed the first one and this one again is so well expressed and the words flowing with ease.

        Congratulations that the earlier one was selected as a song. Great going indeed, Happy for you!

        Thank you for sharing!

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        2 years ago from The Beautiful South

        Wow, that is something else! It doesn't surprise me though as far as your talent for writing poetry. Hope you get royalties! It must be so thrilling. Hope you can put the song here eventually!

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        Faith Reaper 

        2 years ago from southern USA

        John, I do remember your love poem and remember how much I loved it, but maybe missed that it was chosen as a song for an album! Wow, that's so cool.

        You certainly know how to write love poems and thanks for including in this new poem just how to write one, so that maybe husbands and lovers out there will write a lovely one to their honey... Love the other two poems you included and the wonderful video.

        That quote by Marley is too funny.

        Blessings and keep spreading the love : )

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Shanmarie. It was a shock to me when it was selected to be art of Tally's album. I appreciate your comment.

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        Shannon Henry 

        2 years ago from Texas

        Congratulations that it's a song! That's beyond awesome. Your words here are beautiful. Now I will have to read the original poem/song.

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