Poems and their meaning


Inspirational Words of Wisdom

Always remember that the shortest way to express your feelings is to say, “I love you.”
Three brief words that hold such meaning.
There is no better summary of how you feel than these three simple words.
Catherine Pulsifer
Love So Great
Poet: Julie Hebert, ©2018
I found myself a life long love,
One who knows and respects me.
Life together could not be any better,
How lucky can one person be?
I found myself a love so great,
Sometimes myself I pinch
Until now I didn’t think this was possible,
You make lovin you a cinch!
I Would Live in Your Love
Poet: Sara Teasdale
I would live in your love as the sea-grasses live in the sea,
Borne up by each wave as it passes,
drawn down by each wave that recedes;
I would empty my soul of the dreams that have gathered in me,
I would beat with your heart as it beats,
I would follow your soul as it leads.
To My Loving Husband
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer
Was it fate that we met
To find my true soul mate
Was truly once a dream
Now a reality.
I never felt this way before
Now here you are at my door
We have a connection
That will always be.
It would take me forever
To list the reasons
I love you
For all seasons.
As the years pass
My love grows more
For you my dear
Are special to me.
It is like a love story
The relationship that we have
I count my blessings
For how lucky can I be
to have you as a husband.
Everyday Celebration of Love
Poet: Julie Hebert, ©2018
I don’t need just one day to celebrate our love,
I get to do that ever day.
Through kisses, hugs and daily talks,
Nothing can make me stay away.
But it is nice to have one day,
When only our love is on the mind.
A time to share our feelings of love,
While our fingers intertwine.
Riding Mountains
Poet: Julie Hebert, ©2018
My love for you rides mountains,
So many ups and downs, emotions soar.
But one thing never changes,
My love for you, I cannot ignore.
There are days I feel this is too much,
And I don’t know what to do.
But let’s face it, who are we kidding,
I want nothing else but you!
No Life Before You
Poet: Julie Hebert, ©2018
I often think about ,
How much our love has grown.
Your smiles, hugs and goofy looks,
You make me happier than I have ever known.
Life before you must have been very dull,
I don’t remember much before you came along.
My life never mean’t very much to me,
You have given me purpose, I now belong.
All I Ever Need
Poet: Julie Hebert, ©2018
There will come a time when I will stop,
And think how did I deserve all this.
A loving partner to come home to each day,
A wonderful marital bliss.
Blessed am I who received this gift,
Bless am I indeed.
Help me to share my gratefulness,
You my love are all I ever need.
Undeserving Love
Poet: Julie Hebert, © 2018
I can only hope for this loving grace,
To continue and never end.
You are more than I have ever deserved,
I cannot even comprehend.
I love you more than I probably share,
May you understand and see this truth.
I always have and always will,
Now in my prime, started in my youth.
All I Had To Say
Poet: Kate Summers, © 2017

I was thinking of all the ways I could say
How very much you mean to me
I thought about it for days and days
And then realized I love you, was all I had to say.
When I am with you
My world is so bright
I feel like nothing more is due
You bring sunshine and light.
Together we are, together we will stay
Nothing will break our promise of love
Forever and forever and another day
Our love will continue in heaven above.
Describe That Feeling
Poet: Kate Summers, © 2017
It is hard to describe the feeling of love
The feeling of your heart skipping a beat
Or of flying like that of a dove
These are the feelings I have when we meet.
But now the years have past
And our love continues to grow stronger
It has grown so very vast
I’ll love you forever and even longer.
Many Types of Love
Poet: Theodore W. Higginsworth
There are many types of love that abound:
For our children that demonstrates our adoration.
For our sisters and brothers, they are the special others.
For our parents and their accomplishments.
For our friends on them we can always depend.
For our neighbor should never be a labor.
For our wife is a big part of our life.
But above all is the love for God that all men are called.
Like A Tree
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer © 2017
If I were to compare our love to a tree
Our roots grow stronger I’m sure you’d agree.
We sometimes face winds that are strong
But you and I face them together all along.
And our family is like the branches of the tree
Most of the time happy but at times they disagree.
And even as we age we continue to grow
Just like each season even when it snows.
We have learned how to bend
With each storm that sends
Challenges and disappointments
That seem to have no end.
But each year we find that our leaves they do bloom
And our love for each is like the best perfume.
Love and Friendship
Poet: Emily Dickinson
Love is like the wild rose-briar,
Friendship like the holly-tree
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms
But which will bloom most constantly?
The wild-rose briar is sweet in the spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again
And who will call the wild-briar fair?
Then scorn the silly rose-wreath now
And deck thee with the holly’s sheen,
That when December blights thy brow
He may still leave thy garland green.
Not A Man Of Many Words
Poet: J. Hebert ©2018
I have never been a man of many words,
Expressing my feelings is always hard.
The right words never come to mind,
So I try to find them in a card.
Cards can only get me so far,
They are good but never complete.
They touch on the basics of love,
But are almost too vaguely discrete.
So how can a man like myself communicate,
A love so deep as ours?
There are always ways to express our love,
Such as presents, chocolate or flowers
External gifts are fun to receive,
But there meaning is often short-lived.
Let every glance, every kiss and every sweet word I say,
Be remembered so long as you live.

More Short Love Poems

Oh my love but if I could,
give you the stars and moon above.
Filling all your life with beauty,
and all my endless love.

Charles Johnson, Love Poems and More From the Heart and Soul of Man
If my love were an ocean, there would be no more land.
If my love were a desert, you would see only sand.
If my love were a star- late at night, only light.
And if my love could grow wings, I’d be soaring in flight.
Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why
Time is
Too Slow for those who Wait,
Too Swift for those who Fear,
Too Long for those who Grieve,
Too Short for those who Rejoice;
But for those who Love,
Time is not.
Henry vanDyke
There are many feelings stirring strong
Deep within my heart;
Telling me that finally
Love has made its start.
Ara John Movsesian, Love Poems for Cards and Letters
When you’re in love
It’s not just something of the heart
But also of the mind
And you wish to never be apart
Darren G. Burton, Love Poems and Sentiments from the Heart
Do not love material things
As happiness they will never bring.
Love other people, love them well
Wear your love on your lapel.
Catherine Pulsifer
Do not love to work all the time
As you will only earn an extra dime
Spend time with your family and your friends
As we truly don’t know when our lives will end.
Kate Summers
It is in loving, not in being loved,
The heart is blessed.
It is in giving, not in seeking gifts,
We find out quest.
Whatever be your longing or your need, that give;
So shall your soul be fed and you indeed shall live.
James Allen
Life is too short not to express
Your feelings, your devotion you must confess
Show appreciation and for those you care
Let your love be known so they are aware.
Catherine Pulsifer
As Charles Dickens once said, “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” Sometimes we have difficulty expressing our feelings, let these verses help you express your feelings. To use the verse from the poem, I Have A Friend, “If you love someone, tell them. Don’t be afraid to express yourself.” When we look at special days of love there are many valentines day quotes and love quotes that try and express the meaning of love.

34 inspiring love poems & quotes

As we celebrate the month of love, I spent my afternoon curating poems and writing on the subject. What was beautiful about this exercise is how there is more to love than romance. Love can be about friendship, the divine. Love can mean compassion and acceptance. Love can hurt. Love remains one of our humanity’s biggest mystery.

Pablo Neruda

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”

“But I love your feet
only because they walked
upon the earth and upon
the wind and upon the waters,
until they found me.”

“At night I dream that you and I are two plants
that grew together, roots entwined,
and that you know the earth and the rain like my mouth,
since we are made of earth and rain.”

“If nothing saves us from death, at least love should save us from life”

“I have slept with you all night long while the dark earth spins with the living and the dead, and on waking suddenly in the midst of the shadow my arm encircled your waist. Neither night nor sleep could separate us.”


“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

“However much we describe and explain love, when we fall in love we are ashamed of our words.”

“I want to see you. Know your voice. Recognize you when you first come ’round the corner. Sense your scent when I come into a room you’ve just left. Know the lift of your heel, the glide of your foot. Become familiar with the way you purse your lips then let them part, just the slightest bit, when I lean in to your space and kiss you. I want to know the joy of how you whisper ‘more.’”

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

Gebran Khalil Gebran

“Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.”

“Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation”

“And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.”

“Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself, Love possesses not nor would it be possessed: For love is sufficient unto love.”

“When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.”

Emily Dickson

“Till I loved I never lived.”

“Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise,
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints -I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! -and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.”


“The heart is a the thousand-stringed instrument that can only be tuned with Love.”

“Let us be like

Two falling stars in the day sky.

Let no one know of our sublime beauty

As we hold hands with God

And burn

Into a sacred existence that defies –

That surpasses

Every description of ecstasy

And love.”

“The subject tonight is Love

And for tomorrow night as well,

As a matter of fact

I know of no better topic

For us to discuss

Until we all


Herman Hesse

“If I know what love is, it is because of you.”

“I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.”

Marianne Williamson

“Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is.”

Dr. Seuss

“You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

Paulo Coelho

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”

Nizar Qabbani

“Because my love for you is beyond words, I decided to shut up.”

“My lover asks me:
“What is the difference between me and the sky?”
The difference, my love,
Is that when you laugh,
I forget about the sky”

“In the summer
I stretch out on the shore
And think of you. Had I told the sea
What I felt for you,
It would have left its shores,
Its shells,
Its fish,
And followed me.”

Nayyirah Waheed

“i loved you
it was easier
loving myself.”

“i knew you
i met you.
i’ve known you my whole life.”

“she asked ‘you are in love, what does love look like’ to which i replied ‘like everything i’ve ever lost come back to me.”

Rupi Kaur

“you might not have been my first love
but you were the love that made
all other loves seem

“most importantly love
like it’s the only thing you know how
at the end of the day all this
means nothing
this page
where you’re sitting
your degree
your job
the money
nothing even matters
except love and human connection
who you loved
and how deeply you loved them
how you touched the people around you
and how much you gave them”

Discover the 10 best love poems ever written, according to Writer’s Digest Senior Editor and Poetic Asides columnist Robert Lee Brewer.

Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought this year I’d share my top 10 best love poems ever written. Of course, this is not an exhaustive (or even overly authoritative) list. It’s just my favorites, and I encourage everyone to share their favorites in the comments below.

I guess I should explain what I look for in a love poem. For me, an excellent love poem balances literary proficiency with honest sentiment. But at the end of the day, it’s that feeling that the poem evokes in the reader. The poems below all give me the feels.



Poem Your Days Away!

Online poetry prompts are great! But where can you get your poem fix when you unplug? The answer is the Smash Poetry Journal, by Robert Lee Brewer.

This book collects 125 poetry prompts from the Poetic Asides blog, gives poets plenty of room to write poems, and a lot of other great poetic information. Perfectly sized to carry in a backpack or purse, you can jot down ideas for poems as you’re waiting in line for a morning coffee or take it to the park for a breezy afternoon writing session (or on a bus, at a laundromat, or about anywhere else you can imagine–except under water, unless you’re in a submarine or a giant breathable plastic bubble).

Anyway, it’s great for prompting poems, and you should order a copy today. (Maybe order an extra one as a gift for a friend.)


10 Best Love Poems Ever

So without further ado, let’s look at my top 10 list of the best love poems ever. I’ve tried to find a version of each poem online. Just click the links.

  1. “How Do I Love Thee?,” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Let’s start with a classic. It begins, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” And well, the rest of this sonnet counts the ways, ending with, “I shall but love thee better after death.” Loving beyond this life is pretty epic.
  2. “When You Are Old,” by William Butler Yeats. Here’s another goodie. The poem is about love remembered and turns on the line, “But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you.” Bittersweet, this poem ends with Love fleeing and hiding “his face amid a crowd of stars.”
  3. “Sonnet 116,” by William Shakespeare. So many great sonnets could’ve made this list, but this is a favorite of mine. In it, Shakespeare says what love is by examining what it is not. And it finishes on, “If this be error and upon me proved, / I never writ, nor no man ever loved.” (By the way, the link for this sonnet has some interesting analysis under the poem.)
  4. “,” by e.e. cummings. One of the first poets I read in my teenage years that wasn’t tied to a school assignment, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for cummings. This poem is filled with sentiment, but he uses his unique literary conventions to make the poem fresh.
  5. “Love Sonnet XI,” by Pablo Neruda. Ever since I first read The Captain’s Verses, I’ve been a fan of Neruda’s love poems. One aspect of Neruda’s poems that I love is the leaps of logic he takes in eating “the sunbeam flaring in your lovely body” and becoming himself a puma. Also, it’s hard to ignore the sonnet continually popping up on this list as if it’s a poetic form made for love.
  6. “When I Too Long Have Looked Upon Your Face,” by Edna St. Vincent Millay. I never studied Millay in school and remained outside her orbit for a long time. But when I finally did start reading her poetry, I was swept off my feet. In this poem (another sonnet!), Millay compares looking her beloved’s face to looking upon the blinding light of the sun–which is both a compliment and a punishment.
  7. “Valentine,” by Carol Ann Duffy. Not everyone on this list is dead. In this poem, Duffy offers her valentine an onion, “a moon wrapped in brown paper.” But as Duffy continues, an onion “blinds you with tears” and ultimately “Its scent will cling to your fingers, / cling to your knife.”
  8. “Unending Love,” by Rabindranath Tagore. Apparently, Audrey Hepburn’s favorite poem was written by this Bengali poet. And it’s easy to see why she loved it. Personally, I’m drawn to a good refrain in a poem. But what really catches me is the epic nature of this love poem that somehow finishes with, “The memories of all loves merging with this one love of ours – / And the songs of every poet past and forever.” I mean, that’s going big, right?
  9. “Romantics,” by Lisel Mueller. I love this poem about the relationship between Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann. It’s so evocative, and I can hear the music playing over the words. Plus, it’s an argument against the sort of “rude, irrelevant” truths that biographers seek versus the truths that transcend facts and figures. And isn’t that the essence of poetry? Of romance?
  10. “Good Bones,” by Maggie Smith. Love isn’t just about saying, “I love you, I love you.” No, in this poem, Smith shares a truth of love is protective love. Optimistic love. Love that seeks to find and inspire the potential in those that we love, especially our children.

And because I love throwing in an extra offering, I’m going to link to Wendy Cope’s “Another Valentine.” Not only is it a great little love poem, and it is, but it’s also a triolet (with a little poetic license taken with the form).

Of course, I know I left off some great love poems. But you know, please share my omissions in the comments below. And again, Happy Valentine’s Day!


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). Obviously, he loves love poems. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

Definition of Poem

A poem is a collection of spoken or written words that expresses ideas or emotions in a powerfully vivid and imaginative style. A poem is comprised of a particular rhythmic and metrical pattern. In fact, it is a literary technique that is different from prose or ordinary speech, as it is either in metrical pattern or in free verse. Writers or poets express their emotions through this medium more easily, as they face difficulty when expressing through some other medium. It serves the purpose of a light to take the readers towards the right path. Also, sometimes it teaches them a moral lesson through sugar-coated language.

Types of Poem

  • Haiku – A type of Japanese poem consisting of three unrhymed lines, with mostly five, seven, and five syllables in each line.
  • Free Verse – Consists of non–rhyming lines, without any metrical pattern, but which follow a natural rhythm.
  • Epic – A form of lengthy poem, often written in blank verse, in which poet shows a protagonist in action of historical significance, or a great mythic.
  • Ballad – A type of narrative poem in which a story often talks about folk or legendary tales. It may take the form of a moral lesson or a song.
  • Sonnet – It is a form of lyrical poem containing fourteen lines, with iambic pentameter and tone or mood changes after the eighth line.
  • Elegy – A melancholic poem in which the poet laments the death of a subject, though he gives consolation towards the end.
  • Epitaph – A small poem used as an inscription on a tombstone.
  • Hymn – This type of a poem praises spirituality or God’s splendor.
  • Limerick – This is a type of humorous poem with five anapestic lines in which the first, second, and fifth lines have three feet, and the third and fourth lines have two feet, with a strict rhyme scheme of aabba.
  • Villanelle – A French styled poem with nineteen lines, composed of three–line stanza, with five tercets and a final quatrain. It uses refrain at the first and third lines of each stanza.

Examples of Poem in Literature

Example #1: While you Decline to Cry (By Ō no Yasumaro)

Haiku Poem

“While you decline to cry,
high on the mountainside
a single stalk of plume grass wilts.”

(Loose translation by Michael R. Burch)

This poem contains three lines, which is the typical structure of a haiku poem. It does not follow any formal rhyme scheme or proper rhythmical pattern.

Example #2: The Song of Hiawatha (By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Epic Poem

“By the shore of Gitchie Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
At the doorway of his wigwam,
In the pleasant Summer morning,
Hiawatha stood and waited…”

These are a few lines from The Song of Hiawatha, a classic epic poem that presents an American Indian legend of a loving, brave, patriotic, and stoic hero, but which bears resemblance to Greek myths of Homer. Longfellow tells of the sorrows and triumphs of the Indian tribes in detail in this lengthy poem. Therefore, this is a fine example of a modern epic, though other epics include Paradise Lost by John Milton and Iliad by Homer.

Example #3: After the Sea-Ship (By Walt Whitman)

Free Verse Poem

“After the Sea-Ship—after the whistling winds;
After the white-gray sails, taut to their spars and ropes,
Below, a myriad, myriad waves, hastening, lifting up their necks,
Tending in ceaseless flow toward the track of the ship:
Waves of the ocean, bubbling and gurgling, blithely prying…”

This poem neither has rhyming lines, nor does it adhere to a particular metrical plan. Hence, it is free of artificial expression. It has rhythm and a variety of rhetorical devices used for sounds, such as assonance and consonance.

Example #4: La Belle Dame sans Merci (By John Keats)


“O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge has wither’d from the lake,
And no birds sing …

And this is why I sojourn here
Alone and palely loitering,
Though the sedge is wither’d from the lake,
And no birds sing.”

This poem presents a perfect example of a ballad—a folk-style poem that typically narrates a love story. The language of this poem is simple. It contains twelve stanzas, with four quatrains and a rhyme scheme of abcb.

Function of Poem

The main function of a poem is to convey an idea or emotion in beautiful language. It paints a picture of what the poet feels about a thing, person, idea, concept, or even an object. Poets grab the attention of the audience through the use of vivid imagery, emotional shades, figurative language, and other rhetorical devices. However, the supreme function of a poem is to transform imagery and words into verse form, to touch the hearts and minds of the readers. They can easily arouse the sentiments of their readers through versification. In addition, poets evoke imaginative awareness about things by using a specific diction, sound, and rhythm.

5 Poems With Amazing Wordplay

Here are some things you might not have known about the award-winning—and much-beloved—1960s-set coming-of-age tale, which made its debut on January 31, 1988.

1. The basic concept for The Wonder Years began as a film script.

“We played around with writing a screenplay that used narration as a device,” series co-creator Carol Black told New York magazine in 1989. “We just started to think that there was a lot of potential fun in that ‘cause you can really play with the contrast between the narrator’s point of view and what the characters are doing. And you can go inside their head and expose what they’re really thinking when they’re saying something different … And then we just sort of jumped from there to thinking that effect is accentuated when you have an adult narrator looking back on childhood.” Black created the series with her husband, Neal Marlens; the couple had previously worked on Growing Pains.

2. The Wonder Years was inspired by A Christmas Story.

From the coming-of-age theme to the use of narration, A Christmas Story inspired the spirit of The Wonder Years. Peter “Ralphie” Billingsley even appeared in the series’s final two episodes as one of Kevin’s roommates.

3. The Wonder Years’s lack of laugh track and single camera setup were revolutionary.

The Wonder Years set itself apart from other shows of its time, production-wise, with its single camera setup, use of a narrator, and complete lack of laugh track. “The Wonder Years that it’s OK to create a show like that—to take out the laugh track, to try different camera styles—to take a risk,” Josh Saviano, who played Paul Pfeiffer, told Salon in 2013.

4. Fred Savage was the obvious choice to play The Wonder Years’s Kevin Arnold.

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Casting kids is never an easy task. To help them in finding their lead actor, Marlens and Black interviewed five casting directors for recommendations. All five of them suggested Fred Savage, who at that point was best known for his role in The Princess Bride.

“By the time we actually settled on a casting director, we had already resolved that we should see Fred,” Marlens told The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1988. “Knowing nothing about him, we arranged to screen some unedited footage of a film he was making at the time, Vice Versa … a marvelous actor with a natural quality, which essentially means he has no quality at all except being a kid. It sounds funny, but it’s a rare thing to find in a child actor. It’s the same thing we looked for and discovered in Josh Saviano and Danica McKellar.”

5. The Wonder Years is set in Anytown, USA.

Though no specific location is ever given for Kevin Arnold’s hometown, that’s not the doing of the series’s creators. Neal Marlens wanted to set The Wonder Years in Huntington, Long Island—his hometown—and additional elements were also pulled from Black’s hometown of Silver Spring, Maryland. But it was at ABC’s insistence that no city or state was ever mentioned. Still, many eagle-eyed watchers have combed through the series for clues—like Jack Arnold’s license plate and Wayne’s driver’s license—that place the show in California, where it was filmed.

6. The Wonder Years premiered after the Super Bowl.

After more than 80 million viewers tuned in to see the Washington Redskins crush the Denver Broncos (final score: 42 to 10) on January 31, 1988, they were treated to the series’s premiere—which Marlens called “a bit of Americana after the quintessential example of Americana.”

7. The Wonder Years won its first Emmy after just six episodes.

Though it wasn’t an immediate ratings bonanza, The Wonder Years was a critical smash from the get-go. On August 28—with only six episodes screened—Marlens and Black took home the 1988 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.

8. Fred Savage became the youngest Lead Actor Emmy nominee.

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In 1989, at the age of 13, Savage became the youngest actor to be nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category. He was nominated again in 1990.

9. Danica McKellar’s toughest competition for Winnie Cooper was her sister.

When it came down to casting the role of dream girl Winnie Cooper, there were two final contenders: Danica McKellar and her sister, Crystal. “It was practically a tossup,” casting director Mary Buck told the Los Angeles Times in 1990. After choosing Danica for the role, Crystal was hired for the recurring role of Becky Slater, Winnie’s one-time rival for Kevin’s affections.

10. Kevin and Winnie’s first kiss was the real thing.

In the series’s premiere episode, Kevin and Winnie share an awkward first kiss, a coming-of-age ritual neither of the young actors had yet to engage in in real life. “The one good thing about getting your first kiss on camera is that you know for sure it’s going to happen,” McKellar said in 2014. For his part, Savage called it terrifying. “We were both really scared and nervous and—and—didn’t know what was going to happen or … if we were going to do it right.”

11. A mutual crush between Fred Savage and Danica McKellar was inevitable.

Though they swear the relationship eventually morphed into a brother-sister sort of bond, both Savage and McKellar admitted to having mutual crushes in People. “I was in love with her for the same reasons every other boy fell in love with her,” Savage said. “You won’t meet a sweeter, nicer girl—and she’s gorgeous.”

“In the beginning we had a mutual crush,” added McKellar. “Then things went into the teasing stuff and then into a more comfortable, brother-sister thing.”

12. It was Dan Lauria’s suggestion that The Wonder Years’s Jack Arnold be a veteran.

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“I really didn’t contribute that much, but the one thing I did contribute to the character is that when we were shooting the pilot I said to Neal, ‘Look, I’m a vet. I’m a Vietnam veteran and a Marine, and I think if the story is that I’m a vet, that’d fit the character,’” Dan Lauria recalled to Paste. “Before we even finish the pilot, he said, ‘Well, if we go, Dan, we’re going to make you a Korean War vet to fit the frame.’ And so they did, and it paid off. There were a number of episodes where it was mentioned that I was a veteran and when my daughter left for college I gave her my old duffle bag from the service. We always had the Vietnam War in the background on the TV at the dinner table. So there were actual news clips.”

13. Some of Kevin and Winnie’s dialogue in The Wonder Years was lifted from real life.

“Kevin and Winnie’s relationship was, in some ways, defined by my friendship with Fred and some of the things that we would say,” McKellar told Collider. “The writers would actually take lines from things that we were saying to each other, off camera, and put it into the script. There was this whole episode dedicated to, ‘Do you like him, or do you like him, like him?’ That was an expression that he and I used when we were talking about some guy that I had a crush on, in real life. And then, it showed up in a script, a few weeks later. There were a lot of blurred lines.”

14. A growth spurt caused Winnie and Kevin’s breakup on The Wonder Years.

Kevin and Winnie’s on-again, off-again romance was one of the series’s key storylines. But on at least one occasion—between the show’s third and fourth seasons—the breakup was more of a practical decision when a growth spurt saw McKellar standing much taller than her sub-five-foot onscreen beau. The couple was kept apart just long enough for Savage to catch up to his co-star’s height.

15. Jason Hervey’s brother was the real Wayne Arnold.

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“There were so many things that I borrowed from our real life experiences,” Hervey told Uproxx of his brother, Scott. “I’ll give you an example: Juliette Lewis was my girlfriend on the show at the time, and it was the driver’s license episode. We took Fred—I mean, Kevin—to the mall because my mom made us, and I dropped him off at the absolute, absolute furthest end of the mall parking lot and I said to him, ‘Well, technically, this is the mall.’ And when I picked him up, of course, he was already flirting with this girl, and sure enough Wayne pulls up and I tell him to get in the car, and then every time he went to reach for the door, I kept jerking it forward. And obviously, the first day of 7th grade, my brother did that to me in real life, and just embarrassed the hell out of me.”

16. Growing up was part of The Wonder Years’s demise.

The Wonder Years was a show about growing up, which is partially what led to its wrapping production after six seasons. “There has always been a question of just how long the wonder years last,” executive producer Bob Brush told the Los Angeles Times in 1993, following the series’s finale. “As the kids were developing and getting older, there were of course new stories to tell, but the tension and constraints of the deadline of the concept of the wonder years were beginning to press on us … When became 16 and 17, there were really things he needed to get to that we couldn’t do at 8 p.m., especially with the kind of venerable cachet that the show had obtained with its audience. We would get notes from the network saying, ‘You could do this on any show besides The Wonder Years.’”

17. The Wonder Years enlisted The Sopranos creator David Chase’s help.

In an effort to breathe a more mature life into the series, producer Ken Topolsky commissioned Sopranos creator David Chase to write a script. “When it’s a suburban kid who has a pretty good life and he’s complaining about mom not letting him do something, you just want to smack him,” Topolowsky told The Wall Street Journal. “That’s when we felt that Kevin’s wonder years were over.” Though he calls Chase’s script “phenomenal” and “one of the best,” its storyline—which included hard drug use—would have been too big a leap for the family-friendly series.

18. Daniel Stern wasn’t The Wonder Years’s original narrator.

Though Daniel Stern’s voice is the adult Kevin Arnold we all know and love, it was Arye Gross who narrated the original pilot. Eventually, the series premiere was re-recorded with Stern.

19. Marilyn Manson was not Paul Pfeiffer.

It’s one of those Internet rumors that never seems to die. But somehow, somewhere, someone decided that Josh Saviano, the actor who played Kevin’s BFF Paul Pfeiffer, was in fact Marilyn Manson. Which is simply not true. Though that hasn’t stopped the shock rocker from getting in on the fun. “I met once,” Savage told ABC News. “He came up to me, and he goes, ‘You know, we worked together.’ I was like, ‘I do. I do know that.’”

20. Paul Pfeiffer really did become a lawyer.

In the series finale, Kevin shares that Paul attended Harvard and became a lawyer. Which isn’t too far off base. In reality, Josh Saviano attended Yale and became a lawyer.

21. The Wonder Years fans were disappointed that Kevin and Winnie didn’t end up together.

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Executive producer Bob Brush knew that fans of the series wouldn’t be happy that it didn’t end with Kevin and Winnie’s happily ever after. “Some viewers will be surprised that nothing works out the way your fondest wish would be,” Brush told the Los Angeles Times. “The message I wanted in there is that that’s part of the beauty of life. It’s fine to say, ‘I’d like everything to be just the way it was when I was 15 and I was happy,’ but it seemed more nurturing to me to say that we leave these things behind and we go on to forge new lives for ourselves.”

22. The little boy’s voice in The Wonder Years’s finale is Daniel Stern’s son.

As the series concludes, the voice of Kevin’s little boy is heard asking his dad to come outside and play catch. The voice is Stern’s son.

23. The Wonder Years gave a boost to many young actors’ careers.

Juliette Lewis, Jim Caviezel, Alicia Silverstone, Giovanni Ribisi, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, David Schwimmer, Carla Gugino, and John Corbett (then known as Jack) are just a few of the actors who found some of their earliest roles on The Wonder Years. Even Robin Thicke got in on the action, as a young man doing his teenaged best to pick up a girl.

24. Jack Arnold dated Maggie Seaver.

Before The Wonder Years, Marlens and Black had created Growing Pains. Which is how Dan Lauria heard about the role of Jack Arnold. “I had done a part on Growing Pains, and I was going out with Joanna Kerns at the time, so I heard about it through her,” Lauria told Paste. “My agent couldn’t get me in, and Joanna said, ‘Well, why don’t you call Neal? He likes you, you guys got along.’ ‘Cause we both grew up on Long Island, so we would tease each other which school was better at sports. And I said, ‘No, I don’t want to do that, it’s so unprofessional,’ and Joanna went in and actually called Neal, and she came out and said, ‘Neal said be there tomorrow at 10 o’clock. He thinks you’re perfect.’”

25. Fred Savage will always be Kevin Arnold.

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Though he has made the transition from actor to producer and director of shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Party Down, Savage told GQ that “The persona of The Wonder Years is something that’s going to be with me forever. And I’m happy for that. It’s nothing that I’d ever shy away from, and it makes me feel so good that it’s something people still remember and talk about it and think of it so fondly. I think now I’ve established myself as a director, but starting out, I’d be foolish to think that every opportunity that came after The Wonder Years didn’t stem from The Wonder Years. So I owe so much of everything to that show.”

What Are Different Types of Poems?

Types of Poems

There are many different types of poems. The difference between each type is based on the format, rhyme scheme and subject matter.

  • Allegory – “Time, Real and Imaginary” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Ballad – “As You Came from the Holy Land” by Sir Walter Raleigh
  • Blank verse – “The Princess” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Burlesque – “Hudibras” by Samuel Butler
  • Cacophony – “The Bridge” by Hart Crane
  • Canzone – “A Lady Asks Me” by Guido Cavalcanti
  • Conceit – “The Flea” by John Donne
  • Dactyl – “The Lost Leader” by Robert Browning
  • Elegy – “Elegy Written in a Country Courtyard” by Thomas Gray
  • Epic – “The Odyssey” by Homer
  • Epitaph – “An Epitaph” by Walter de la Mare
  • Free verse – “The Waste-Land” by TS Eliot
  • Haiku – “How Many Gallons” by Issa
  • Imagery – “In a Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound
  • Limerick – “There Was a Young Lady of Dorking” by Edward Lear
  • Lyric – “When I Have Fears” by John Keats
  • Name – “Nicky” by Marie Hughes
  • Narrative – “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe
  • Ode – “Ode to a Nightingale” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Pastoral – “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns
  • Petrarchan sonnet – “London, 1802” by William Wordsworth
  • Quatrain – “The Tyger” by William Blake
  • Refrain – “Troy Town” by Dante Rosetti
  • Senryu – “Hide and Seek” by Shuji Terayama
  • Shakespearean sonnet – “Sonnet 116” by Shakespeare
  • Sonnet – “Leda and the Swan” by William Butler Yeats
  • Tanka – “A Photo” by Alexis Rotella
  • Terza rima – “Acquainted with the Night” by Robert Frost

About Some of the Types of Poems


Are you familiar with the term “ballad”? You probably are, because people sometimes refer to songs – particularly romantic ones – as ballads. In fact, ballad poems are frequently sung – or at least they are intended to be sung – and are often about love.

Usually, these ballads tell a story, often of a mystical nature. Just as a song does, ballads tend to have a refrain that repeats at various intervals throughout.

Guido Cavalcanti’s “Ballad” and Sir Walter Raleigh’s “As You Came from the Holy Land” both demonstrate the musical quality of the ballad. As an excerpt from Raleigh’s poem demonstrates:

As you came from the holy land
Of Walsinghame,
Met you not with my true love
By the way as you came ?
How shall I know your true love,
That have met many one,
As I went to the holy land,
That have come, that have gone?


Because poems can express a wide variety of emotions, there are sad forms of poetry as well as happy ones. One of these sad forms is known as an elegy.

Elegies express a lament, often over the death of a loved one. This makes elegies especially popular for funerals. Some elegies are written not only to be read out loud; they can be put to music and sung.

Alfred Tennyson’s “In Memoriam” is an elegy to a close friend, Arthur Henry Hallam, and was written over 20 years:

Strong Son of God, immortal Love,
Whom we, that have not seen thy face,
By faith, and faith alone, embrace,
Believing where we cannot prove;
Thine are these orbs of light and shade;
Thou madest Life in man and brute;
Thou madest Death; and lo, thy foot
Is on the skull which thou hast made.

Epic Poem

One of the longest types of poems is known as the epic poem, which has been around for thousands of years.

Technically a type of narrative poem, which tells a story, epic poems usually tell the story of a mythical warrior and the great things that he accomplished in of his journeys, such as The Odyssey and The Iliad.

Epic poetry began as folk stories that were passed down from generation to generation, which were then later written into long form.

One of the oldest epic poems is actually one of the oldest pieces of written literature in the world. This ancient Mesopotamian poem is called the Epic of Gilgamesh and dates back to 1800 BC. The start of this epic (with the translator’s (?) notes) reads:

He who has seen everything, I will make known (?) to the lands.
I will teach (?) about him who experienced all things,
… alike,
Anu granted him the totality of knowledge of all.
He saw the Secret, discovered the Hidden,
he brought information of (the time) before the Flood.
He went on a distant journey, pushing himself to exhaustion,
but then was brought to peace.
He carved on a stone stela all of his toils,
and built the wall of Uruk-Haven,
the wall of the sacred Eanna Temple, the holy sanctuary.

Free Verse

While it is easy to think that poems have to rhyme, free verse is a type of poetry that does not require any rhyme scheme or meter. Poems written in free verse, however, do tend to employ other types of creative language such as alliteration, words that begin with the same sound, or assonance, the repetition of vowel sounds.

Some people find free verse to be a less restrictive type of poetry to write since it doesn’t have to employ the form or the rhyming schemes of other types of poetry.

The free verse form of poetry became popular in the 1800s and continues to be popular among poets even to this day. TS Eliot was one of the masters of the form, as best seen in his poems “The Waste Land” and “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” which begins:

Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question.
Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
Let us go and make our visit.


Many people have heard about haiku. In fact, most of us are instructed at one point or another – usually in middle school or high school – to write one of our very own. Even if you did that, do you remember what this type of poem actually is?

Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry which is composed of three non-rhyming lines. The first and third lines have five syllables each and the second line has seven syllables. They often express feelings and thoughts about nature; however, you could write a poem about any subject that you would like to in this form. Perhaps the most famous haiku is Basho’s “Old Pond:”

Furuike ya
kawazu tobikomu
mizu no oto
Translated, this poem reads:
The old pond–
a frog jumps in,
sound of water.


We decided to place a focus on imagery poems because of the immense power that they possess. Many, many poems can be classified as imagery poems; however, some are better at the task than others.

Individuals who often write imagery-based poems are known as Imagists. William Carlos Williams’ short poem “The Red Wheelbarrow” is a famous example of a short imagist poem:

so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white

These types of poems work to draw a picture in the mind of the reader, in order to give an extremely powerful image of what the writer is talking about. They work to intensify the senses of the reader.


A limerick is a poem that is often silly or whimsical, written in five lines with an AABBA rhyme scheme. Often, limericks tell a short, humorous story.

These types of poems have been popular for hundreds of years, particularly in the English language. When limericks first became popular, they often expressed ideas that were crude and off-color but today, limericks express all sorts of ideas.

Some of his limericks include “There was an Old Man with a Nose” and “There was a Young Lady of Dorking,” which goes like this:

There was a Young Lady of Dorking,
Who bought a large bonnet for walking;
But its colour and size,
So bedazzled her eyes,
That she very soon went back to Dorking.


One of the poetic favorites is pastoral poetry because it elicits such wonderful senses of peace and harmony. Examples of this form include Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” which is also a type of ode. A stanza of this poem reads:

Thou still unravish’d bride of quietness,
Thou foster-child of Silence and slow Time,
Sylvan historian, who canst thus express
A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme:
What leaf-fringed legend haunts about thy shape
Of deities or mortals, or of both,
In Tempe or the dales of Arcady?
What men or gods are these? What maidens loth?
What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape?
What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy?

Like the haiku, nature is often at the center of these types of poems as well. In general, pastoral poetry will focus on describing a rural place, but the terms will be peaceful and endearing. You will feel at ease after reading these types of poems.

Many pastoral poems are written about shepherds. They are written as a series of rhyming couplets.


One of the most famous types of poetry, the sonnet, has been popular with writers from Dante to Shakespeare.

A sonnet contains 14 lines, typically with two rhyming stanzas known as a rhyming couplet at the end.

There are several types of sonnets, including:

  • Italian (also known as Petrarchan)
  • Spenserian
  • English or Shakespearean sonnet

William Shakespeare, famous for writing more than 150 sonnets (including his popular “Sonnet 138”) is credited with creating for a form of the sonnet that enjoyed widespread popularity throughout England for hundreds of years. “Sonnet 138” reads:

When my love swears that she is made of truth
I do believe her, though I know she lies,
That she might think me some untutor’d youth,
Unlearned in the world’s false subtleties.
Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young,
Although she knows my days are past the best,
Simply I credit her false speaking tongue:
On both sides thus is simple truth suppress’d.
But wherefore says she not she is unjust?
And wherefore say not I that I am old?
O, love’s best habit is in seeming trust,
And age in love loves not to have years told:
Therefore I lie with her and she with me,
And in our faults by lies we flatter’d be.

Terza Rima

You might be able to get some sort of sense of what this poetry encompasses just by looking at the name of it. The lines in these types of poems are arranged in what are called “tercets.” What this means is the lines come in groups of threes.

That does not mean that the poem is only three lines long. There can be multiple groups of three lines. Like the haiku, there are certain syllable requirements, as most poems written in terza rima have lines of 10 or 11 syllables.

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