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Roman Love Poetry

Define
Roman poets often wrote about love, for other people, for nature and their gods. In the modern day love poetry is still very popular. We're going to show you how to write a love poem using your senses.
Explaination

Write or type the following questions under the title of 'Love': What colour is it? What does it smell of? What does it sound like? What does it taste like? What does it look like? What does it feel like? And, what does it remind you of?

To answer these questions, you'll need to use a poetic technique called 'Similes'. A simile describes your subject like something else, for example:

'His blue eyes were like ice-cold snowflakes'
'Her perfume was beautiful, like running in a meadow in the summer sun'
'Her skin was smooth like silk'.

As the Romans wrote a lot of love poetry you could try ideas that are linked to the Roman theme. For example, Love looks like a heart-shaped cloud carrying Venus.

Write an answer for each love poetry question, being as imaginative and descriptive as possible.

Once you have written your answers, you can write /type up your poem and illustrate it.

Examples

Here is an example of Roman Love Poetry:

Love

What colour is it?
Love is red, as red as rose blooming for the first time.
What does it smell of?
Love smells like Christmas warm, happy, good times and laughter.
What does it sound like?
Love sounds like birds singing at dawn on the first morning of spring.
What does it taste like?
Love tastes like a sweet kiss from Venus herself.
What does it look like?
Love looks like a million red and pink heart-shaped balloons floating up to heaven.
What does it feel like?
Love feels like you are floating on a cloud.
What does it remind you of?
Love reminds me that nothing feels as good as making someone you love happy.

Love

Love is red and pink, twisted together like a candy cane.
Love smells of beautiful flowers and gooey chocolates.
Love sounds like a big kiss from my mum.
Love tastes like a roast dinner, the tastiest thing ever!
Love looks like little, fluffy ducklings following their mum.
Love feels like the biggest hug when you are feeling sad.
Love reminds me of scoring the winning goal, what a feeling!

Your Turn

Finished? Why not submit your poem to Young Writers and we will enter it into one of our competitions.

Alternatively send your poem to:

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