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Posted: January 01, 2015

Need help writing that love poem? Try this

By D.L. Stewart

Dayton Daily News

If you're feeling romantic this time of year (and who isn't?), you probably want to write a poem for the object of your affections. But writing great poetry from scratch is hard work and often takes several minutes. To give you a start, my friend, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and I have constructed a poetic template for you. All you have to do is fill in the blanks. No special writing aptitude is needed, although it might help if you know the difference between a verb and a noun.


How do I (verb) thee? Let me count the (noun).

I (verb) thee to the depth and breadth and height

My (body part) can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of (beverage) and ideal (pizza topping).

I (verb) thee to the level of everyday's

Most quiet need, by (noun) and (noun).

I (verb) thee (adverb), as men strive for (vehicle);

I (verb) thee (adverb) as they turn from praise.

I (verb) with a passion put to use

In my old (item of clothing), and with my childhood's (toy).

I (verb) thee with a (noun) I seemed to lose

With my lost (noun) — I (verb) thee with the (noun,

(Noun), (noun), of all my life! — and if (proper name) choose,

I shall (verb) thee (adverb) after (sports season or event).

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