Valentines Day poems are easy
Valentines show the day is perfect for poems
Sorry. But boop-boop-be-doop does not count as a poem, even though the phrase contains a trio of vowel sounds that mimic each other. No, the coquettish little refrain made famous by Betty Boop—the renowned cartoon vixen with the kissable lips and tiny waist—is not a poem.
Her vocalization truly is a call to romance and flirtation. But to make it into a poem, one would need to add some additional lines—lines that rhyme, or not. It takes some thought but writing valentines day poems is easy if you have some tips to get you started.
Get details about the recipients
Think about the people for whom you want to write your valentines day poems. Boyfriends, girlfriends, grandparents and coworkers all are receptive to receiving poems—casual, funny or heartfelt. The composition of your poems depends upon several things.
Background information is a part of most valentines day poems. There can be some reference to enjoyable memories—days on the beach, family picnics or evenings under the stars. Quirks and eccentricities can be weaved into the poems. The jobs, hobbies or gardening activities of the recipients could make for interesting details in your valentines day poems.
Humorous anecdotes offer another component frequently used in valentines day poems. Can you recall a couple of funny incidents you shared with the recipients? Did your lover ever walk into a telephone pole because he or she was gazing at you instead of watching the sidewalk? Have you laughed about taking vacations to the world’s best beaches? Lots of little everyday occurrences can serve up inspiration for personalized valentines day poems.
Use sarcasm with care
Sarcasm and teasing can be used in valentines day poems if a modicum of restraint is applied. Make sure any recollections mentioned are good natured. Incidents of awkwardness or embarrassment provide fodder for valentines poems but common sense should rule when deciding how far to go with anecdotes.
It might be best to focus upon common human frailties such as showing off—falling out of a canoe due to showing off or showing off by eating nine roasted chickens. Ask yourself if what you are writing would be well received if you were the recipient of the poem.
Consider free verse or rhyming poems
Free verse poems do not utilize sets of lines that rhyme with each other. Free verse valentines day poems instead depend upon the musicality of pronunciations and the way various phrases are accented. The emphasis that is placed upon certain words in a sentence leads to peaks and valleys—vocal highs and lows.
Free verse poems that are read silently still retain their sing-song rhythm. End points in a sentence or stanza that would be punctuated with a period may be punctuated with a word whose structure calls for the emphatic dropping of the voice.
Keep the words musical
For example, in Betty Boop’s famous refrain, “Boop boop be doop,” the last “doop” has a natural rhythm that drops, much as if followed by proper punctuation—the period. Free verse valentines day poems can resemble love letters if the sentences ebb and flow.
The subject matter of the poems also can relate to the presentation of valentines day tokens—flowers, gemstone jewelry or fine chocolates. Imagine the reaction if one of your valentines day poems was a proposal of marriage—accompanied by a diamond ring.
It’s the motion of the intonations that provides the rhythm. Listen to some love songs on records or compact discs to get a feeling for free verse. Many selections indeed could be considered valentines day poems—set to music.
Traditional poems usually rhyme
Most valentines day poems do rhyme. Expanding on a great first line takes some maneuvering. When you write a line of a poem that ends with a certain word, it is possible the next line will need to end with a similar sounding word—a word that rhymes. The alphabet comes in handy for finding words that rhyme. Use your ABCs to find the right word.
For example: Boop boop be doop. Now, you may need to rhyme “doop” with a word that will end the next line. Use your ABCs. Boop. Coop. Doop. E, no. F, no. Goop. Hoop. I, no. J, no. K, no. Loop—yes! Hurrah. Yipee. You have found a rhyming word and you are ready to write your valentines day poems.
Boop boop be doop
Don’t keep my heart out of the loop,
There’s no depth to which I won’t stoop.
My whole world is you, I whoop!
I’ll give you flowers—and soup.
If you’ll be my boop boop be doop.