In five-score summers! All new eyes, New minds, new modes, new fools, new wise; New woes to weep, new joys to prize;

With nothing left of me and you In that live century's vivid view Beyond a pinch of dust or two;

A century which, if not sublime, Will show, I doubt not, at its prime, A scope above this blinkered time.

For I would only ask thereof

That thy worm should be my worm, Love!

There are other ways lovers express feelings in verse, of course, and you can combine types to suit your circumstances. For instance, it is possible to meld a "love moment" with a "reconciliation" in a poem about forgiveness, depicting an estranged couple renewing their vows. Or "future love" and a "reconciliation" in a poem about hope, depicting an estranged lover who longs one day for forgiveness. The combinations and shades of meaning are seemingly endless. That's why you should study the basic types first so that you can vary and combine them later.

Keep in mind that you are contemplating the ideas behind these types rather than the voices or words used by poets who composed in other eras. As noted in the first chapter, ideas often outlive the language that poets have used to express them. The language of love evolves continually.

Finally, you can also generate ideas for love poems as you did in chapter one by classifying your romantic experiences in a list of highs, turning points and lows, as we'll soon see.

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