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Romance/Love: January 22, 2014 Issue [#6115]

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 This week: "Love is..."
  Edited by: Crys-not really here
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3. Letter from the Editor
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About This Newsletter

Hello! My name is Crys-not really here . Welcome to the Romance/Love Newsletter, where it's always my goal to help you better include elements of love and romance in your writing. *Smile*

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Letter from the editor

"Love is..." Creating Metaphors About Love


"Roses are red, violets are blue..." but "My love is like a red, red rose." Which one puts a better picture in your head? Which one sounds more sincere and less cliche? Like many poems, love poetry has a way of sounding cheesy when it's not grounded in metaphors and similes.

Simile: a comparison using "like" or "as" such as in "my love is like a red, rose rose" in the famous poem by Robert Burns.

Metaphor: a comparison not using "like" or "as" such as in "Love is a Battlefield," a song by Pat Benatar.

The real trick is to find a metaphor that is unique and conveys exactly what you mean. Poets do not have an easy job! If you're stuck when trying to come up with metaphors, try starting with the words "Love is..." and brainstorming a list. There's no such thing as something too crazy during this brainstorming!

For example, I came up with:

Love is the roaring fireplace in the winter.
Love is your homemade pizza dough.
Love is a dance to silent music.

Now, take your best idea and run with it. You may want to begin your poem with "Love is..." and extend your metaphor throughout the entire poem. (See my Editor's Picks for a poem that does just that.)

Coming up with unique metaphors can be one of the toughest parts about writing poetry, and love can be a pretty tricky thing to express in words anyway, so I encourage you to use this exercise to strengthen your love poetry.



Editor's Picks

 
If You Will Be My Valentine  [18+]
This is a Valentine contract I wrote for my wife
by TJ likes Cadbury eggs & Peeps

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by A Guest Visitor

 My Love's an Umbrella  [E]
A poem about love, peace, and happiness - a rhyming poem.
by Tim Chiu

A Heart's Dream  [E]
A broken heart still remembers its dreams (Form: Lilibonelle)
by 🌓 HuntersMoon

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by A Guest Visitor

Star Lights and Fireflies  [E]
How I imagine love should be.
by Enbah Nilah

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by A Guest Visitor

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by A Guest Visitor

 New Beginnings  [ASR]
My First Poem for 2014
by Prosperous Snow writing poetry

 
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