In fact, a word in Shakespeare actually becomes the emotion, and when he organises his words into phrases and sentences that applies even more strongly. In the sonnets, particularly, although they are only fourteen lines, there is a world of experience in each one because every item of expression has several layers of meaning, all interacting with all the other expression in the poem.
English-speaking culture has canonized the sonnet as the greatest expression of love, because English-speaking culture has a crush on William Shakespeare like you would not believe. Which actually works out great, because sonnets are incredibly easy to write.
I used to write them while-you-wait for thirty bucks a go. You can bang one out in no time to impress your sweetie, and win brownie points totally out of proportion to the actual effort you put in. Some may call that unromantic: I call it efficient. If you know anyone who pronounces it ninJA, have them assassinated.
You can still cheat and get it into your meter, though, by sticking in an unstressed syllable ahead of it, like this: It actually is that easy. Now, quatrains and rhyme scheme. A quatrain is four lines, and ABAB is the pattern of rhymes within them: Become a supporter and enjoy The Good Men Project ad free The best part is the final couplet, two more lines of iambic pentameter that rhyme with each other.
No longer mourn for me when I am dead Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell Give warning to the world that I am fled From this vile world with vilest worms to dwell: Nay, if you read this line, remember not The hand that writ it, for I love you so, That I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot, If thinking on me then should make you woe.
Also, she was married to someone else, so, awkward. The shadowed ghosts upon the silver screen Unaging and immortal, made of light Were once as we are now, fresh-faced and green, They loved as mortals do, like us tonight.
Their loves and heartbreaks, tales known to us all, Were to them private pains, their hearts unknown. Without her Bogart, who recalls Bacall? Without her Tracy, Hepburn died alone. Your face is destined to be cast on high Caught flickering forever at its best. But all I want to do before I die Is cradle that dear face against my breast.
My selfish heart would hold you close to me Lest even you escape mortality. Heck, you even imply that in line four. My fate was to be born with two left feet Eternally I stumble through the dance Gouge scars into the floor in my defeat And yet arise again for one more chance.
No different my stumblings in love I, clumsy, tread unthinking on your toes Leave heelmarks on your heart, and think thereof: Become a supporter and enjoy The Good Men Project ad free A better apology than most, perhaps; might go well paired with a bottle of decent wine.
Not one for the ages, sure, but then, I only spent fifteen minutes writing it. Cryptography nerds can take this to horrible extremes, no doubt: That, really, is why this is such a good thing to do for your beloved. Because something you made will always mean more than something you bought.
Their name may be in it somewhere, but your identity will always be in there too, your words, your style, your imagery, your imagination bent to the task of telling them that you love them, in a form they can keep forever. Those roses will be garbage next week, those chocolates will be sewage tomorrow, but a poem… well, as usual, Shakespeare said it best:2) The more specific your initial idea is, the easier the sonnet will be to write.
So avoid clichés (which might mean not writing a love poem), broad topics like “passion” or “hate,” and general descriptions of . Shakespeare’s legendary series of sonnets, as well as the coded use of sonnet form in Romeo and Juliet, has cemented the sonnet’s reputation as the top-shelf way of expressing love.
If you. Of Love: A Sonnet - How love came in I do not know. The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints.
I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death. This poem is in the public domain.
1. Think of an idea for your sonnet. It must be just one single idea. It could be a feeling, like being in love. It could be some thought you’ve had about life, or about a person or about people in general.
Aug 18, · To write a love poem, start by brainstorming ideas and thoughts. Then, write the poem using sensory detail and unique descriptions.
Polish the love poem and present it in a thoughtful way so the recipient knows it came straight from the heart%(26).