Love Poems to Make Your Girlfriend Cry on Valentine’s Day

Heart for Valentine's Day

Are you looking for Valentine’s Day poems to give your girlfriend? Then you’ve come to the right spot! In this article, we will take a look at some of the best love poems ever created to help you give your girl the romantic day she craves.

[Tip: Handwrite one of these poems on a card or stationary paper, draw some hearts, and wrap a bow around it]

Keep reading to find these fantastic poems to make your girlfriend cry from joy. (more…)

The Forgetten Poetry of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham LincolnDid you know Abraham Lincoln was a poetry? He may be best known for his Gettysburg Address and winning the Civil War, but he should be also remembered as an avid reader and amateur poet. Reading these poems is a fantastic way to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday on February 12.

Like many of us, Lincoln began writing poetry as a teenager. This is one of his first poems:

Abraham Lincoln
his hand and pen
he will be good but
god knows When

It was written sometime between 15 and 17. (more…)

The 10 Greatest Love Poems Throughout History

The greatest love poems ever written is among one of the biggest controversies discussed by modern literature aficionados. What poem is the best? Which poet deserves the honor? Must the poet be among the most famous to be included on the list?

All of these questions are incredibly important and are discussed in depth within most poetry circles. The list below is not meant to stop any of these questions being asked but instead, add to the discussion. Which poems do you think deserve to be included in the list? (more…)

Discover Over 50 Different Poetry Types

Types of PoemsAre you looking for new poetry types to try out? Everyone knows the most common types of poetry like haiku, sonnet, ballad, and free verse. But what about the others?

In this article, you’ll discover of over 50 different types of poetry with easy to understand explanations along with some examples. Whether you are searching for new poetry styles to write or doing research for a critique, you will surely find this list useful and informative.


Consists of five lines. Lines from 1 to 4 are made up of words, phrases, or clauses with the first letter of each line in alphabetical order. Line 5 is one sentence long and may start with any letter.


Consists of any number of lines which spell a word or message. Usually, the message is formed from the first letter of the phrase, but may be any letter. (more…)

Clerihew: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

I have mentioned Clerihew a few times on this blog and I even made an entire theme of Bright Dreams Journal of the genre, but what exactly is it and what does it accomplish?

First and foremost, yes, poetry has to accomplish something. It does not matter what. Entertainment, persuasion, and information are the most common. For Clerihew, entertainment is the most obvious choice. However, using Clerihew as a way to give information about people can also be a great way to help children remember important historical figures. (more…)

How to Understand Poetry

Understanding poetry is sometimes a difficult task, especially when you are new to the genre. Not to mention that when you are dealing with older poetry the more difficult it can be to uncover the true meaning of the writing. Nonetheless, the more we understand poetic elements, figures of speech, vocabulary, and sometimes the life or culture of the author, the better we will comprehend the poem.

Poetic elements are an extremely important part of poetry since poets use these elements to dictate the rhythm, structure, and meaning of the writing. Elements of poetry also serve as a tool for descriptions. Meter, cadence, rhyme, alliteration, assonance, consonance, repetition, and others are used quite often and are important to the emotions and interpretation of the reader. Readers should be able to identify an element and its purpose in that particular poem. (more…)

Sensory Use of Elements for Imagery in Poetry

Over the past thirty years, poets have begun putting much emphasis on imagery. This is not to say imagery wasn’t important in the past, look at haiku’s popularity. Nonetheless, imagery has expanded so much that it virtually is the poem. Poets have recently spent their entire writing describing actions, scenery, and objects. It’s an interesting phenomenon and has brought about great works of art in the process. These poets are known as “imagists.” However, you don’t need to be an imagist in order to use at least some imagery in poetry. Actually, all poems should have at least a minuscule. It may be added through similes, metaphors, simple to complex descriptions, personification, hyperbole, and use of concrete words. (more…)

Using Repetition in Poetry: Definitions and Purposes

Poetry is an art form, which can be created in a wide variety of ways. Most poetry styles have a unique pattern, which must be followed strictly. However, there are some forms that aren’t as strict and allow some leeway on what you can do. Using repetition allows you to reinforce ideas, add structure, create rhythm, create unity, and add additional emotion.

Different Types of Repetitions

First, let’s look at the different types of repetition used in poetry. (more…)

Poetry Writing Rubric: Middle School to College

Poetry Writing Rubric: Middle School to College

Poetry is a great tool for every English classroom. Whether you are a middle school, high school, college, or even an ESL teacher, it is a great activity for your students to express themselves and show their inner creativity.

When giving assignments, it is often necessary to have a rubric. These rubrics allow us to easily measure our students learning with impartiality.

Since poetry is an extremely objective form of literature, it is difficult to grade without a general picture of how to measure the learning development of the students. (more…)

How to Write a Poetry Explication

Writing a poetry explication–a longer version of a poetry analysis–may sound like a difficult job, but it doesn’t have to be. As long as you explain the poem in detail following these simple steps, you shouldn’t have any great difficulty.

What is a poetry analysis?

A poetry analysis is an important part of understanding all writings. Luckily, there are many ways to go about this. Essentially though, they all accomplish one thing: explaining both the figurative and literal meaning of a poem and explaining the metaphors and symbolism used in the writing.

Let’s go ahead and look through a basic outline on how to explicate poetry.

Steps to Prepare for the Explication

  1. Read a short biography of the author. This is so you can have a feel for what a poem may be referring to when you attempt to interpret it. Of course, this isn’t always a must. It depends on you or your teacher.
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