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Need help writing that love poem? Try this

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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