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How Do I Write a Love Poem?

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.

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"I'd pull the clouds down from the sky.."

"I'd pull the clouds down from the sky.."

"I'd strip the flowers from off the trees.."

"I'd strip the flowers from off the trees.."

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.

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.."

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?

© 2016 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 14, 2020:

Your wonderful comment humbles me Anupam. Thank you for reading and “Namaste” to you also.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on June 14, 2020:

Oh my God! What a love poem! John, huge respect for your writings.

No doubt how you got all those accolades and recognition. In our culture we do "Namaste". Thanks to Hubpages that I could read such people like you here. Loved each and every line of the poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 25, 2016:

Thanks DDE, much appreciated. Take care.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 25, 2016:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 18, 2016:

Thank you Thelma, I greatly appreciate that kind comment.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on October 17, 2016:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 02, 2016:

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

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on October 02, 2016:

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

Ann Carr from SW England on October 02, 2016:

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

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 01, 2016:

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.

Ann Carr from SW England on October 01, 2016:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 01, 2016:

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.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 01, 2016:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 29, 2016:

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

ignugent17 on September 29, 2016:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 28, 2016:

Thank you, Vellur. I appreciate your kind wishes.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 28, 2016:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 28, 2016:

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.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 28, 2016:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 28, 2016:

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.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on September 27, 2016:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 27, 2016:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 27, 2016:

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!

Nell Rose from England on September 27, 2016:

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!

ocfireflies from North Carolina on September 27, 2016:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 25, 2016:

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

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 25, 2016:

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!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 25, 2016:

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

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on September 25, 2016:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 25, 2016:

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

Marion Drury from Sydney, Australia on September 25, 2016:

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.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on September 25, 2016:

Out doing Byron is a very big compliment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 25, 2016:

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.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on September 25, 2016:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 25, 2016:

Shyron, thanks for the lovely poetic response.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 25, 2016:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 25, 2016:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 25, 2016:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 25, 2016:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 25, 2016:

Thank you, Linda. I really appreciate that comment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 25, 2016:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 25, 2016:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 25, 2016:

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

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on September 25, 2016:

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

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on September 25, 2016:

Great read!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on September 25, 2016:

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

Glenis Rix on September 25, 2016:

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

manatita44 from london on September 25, 2016:

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.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 25, 2016:

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.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 25, 2016:

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

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on September 25, 2016:

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. :-)

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 25, 2016:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 25, 2016:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 25, 2016:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 25, 2016:

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.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 24, 2016:

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!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 24, 2016:

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!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 24, 2016:

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 : )

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 24, 2016:

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

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 24, 2016:

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.