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How to Write a Name Poem...

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I'm fascinated by names - their history, what they actually mean - African names, Indian names, English names, Jewish names, you name it! - Jacob, Hakeem, Malaika, Daniela, Dylan, Lucia, Taiwo, Talika, Jayne. Every name has its own unique rhythm.


Think about someone you know, think about their name and/or the meaning. When you write a verse inspired by it, you have a name poem.

Writing a name poem for someone is a great way of celebrating who they are. There's also something very special about creating something for someone yourself. Sometimes, it can mean a lot more than buying a gift from a shop.

- It's a very thoughtful gesture

- It can make people feel good

- make them feel special

- nourish their self-esteem


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HOW TO WRITE A NAME POEM...

1) Grab a sheet of paper and write down the meaning of the name of the person you want to write for. If you don't know the meaning, hop on the internet and search for the meaning (or get a book of names from your local library, or buy a book of names on Amazon). Alternatively, you could ask the person you're writing for what their name means.

2) Write down 5 words/images that come to mind when you think of this person's name.

3) Think of 5 things you like/love/enjoy about this person. Write those down.

4) Now you have 10 words/images you can work with!

5) With those, decide if you want to write:

- an acrostic name poem (i.e., using each letter of the person's name to write a sentence)

- a rhyming name poem

- a free verse poem (less structured/formulaic, is freeflowing, uses imagery & rhythm - rhyming's optional)

- or even a story.


It's completely up to you.


(p.s.: you can use all or just a few of your 10 words/images to write your name poem. More importantly, go with the flow and see what happens. Example below.)


NAME POEM EXAMPLE...


My friend's name is 'Geeta' which means 'Song' in Sanskrit.

List of words and images that spring to my mind when I think of the word, 'Song':

- a woman's voice
- a lullaby
- freedom
- the sun
- elation


What I like about Geeta:


- her smile
- her cheekiness
- her brown hair
- her hugs
- her thoughtfulness


Geeta (acrostic name poem)...

(I've put the words I've used in bold)


Grab me a lullaby, woman

Echo your voice through the wind.

Embrace the future. Smile its shyness away.

Tomorrow, your lips shall sing of freedom

Allowing the sun to burst through - once again.


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Geeta (free verse name poem)...


She smiles

and the sun bursts awake

flowers shake in anticipation

and the wind whistles joy


She opens her arms

and the world stumbles toward her

(a little child)

for one great big Mother hug


She sings a lullaby

and the seas calm (down),

clouds congregate,

trees Mexican wave


She is a baby's smile,

an old woman's chuckle

and deep belly-laughs.


She is brown hair

sweeping out steely cobwebs,


the cheek demanding

to be kissed with respect,


the body deserving of love.


She is freedom ...epitomised.

Spirit --- forever knowing.


A song, forever hummed.

~~~~~~~


I hope this has motivated you to perhaps pick up a pen(cil) or keyboard and create a name poem (or name story) for someone you care about.


And remember, that that 'someone special' includes you. There's nothing stopping you from writing a poem for yourself. Nothing at all. May I suggest that you deserve it? :-)


Take care and happy writing :-)


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Comments

Mizz Eb. (author) from UK on January 25, 2012:

Hello Emilio. I'd be happy to write a name poem for you. I charge for what I do, so get in touch if you'd like to make an order.

Take care...

emilio on January 22, 2012:

can you make me a poem like this e m i l i o

Mizz Eb. (author) from UK on November 26, 2011:

Thank you, Jose! But I'm not a man. :-)

José Vicente on November 25, 2011:

The quiero mucho papi

Mizz Eb. (author) from UK on October 30, 2011:

You're very welcome :-)

Dan on October 30, 2011:

Thank you very much for your reply :)

Mizz Eb. (author) from UK on October 29, 2011:

Hi Dan :-)

I've replied.

Take care...

Dan on October 29, 2011:

Hey I just sent you an email with the prototype, Hope its good enough :)

Mizz Eb. (author) from UK on October 28, 2011:

Dan,

Feel free to use some of lines if it helps, as is or rewritten by you.

Thanks for asking.

Take care...

Dan on October 28, 2011:

Hey, I was just wandering if its ok for me to use a few of your lines on the poem above to help structure my poem cos my friend seems to bare similar description to that of yours

Mizz Eb. (author) from UK on October 27, 2011:

Hi Dan,

Hey, why wouldn't I reply, ey? :-)

You're welcome. Glad you've settled on typing it up. Maybe do that and then decide on the next step after that, on whether you want to frame it or not.

I'd be happy to take a look at the poem once you've written it (if you want). If so, feel free to contact me.

Take care now...

Dan on October 27, 2011:

thank you very much for you reply, I didn't think you would. I've decided to type it up and might just go with the putting it in the frame idea as it seems the better of the two. thanks once again

Dan on October 25, 2011:

Thanks very much for the tips, i think i'll type it up and perhaps frame it, although I must admit we haven't known each other for very long so I don't want anything too elaborate

Mizz Eb. (author) from UK on October 20, 2011:

Hi Dan,

That's a lovely gift for your friend. I'm sure she'll appreciate the effort and thought you're putting into it.

I think once you've written the poem, perhaps you could type it up (or a friend or family member can for you), because then you can choose from a variety of fonts, font sizes & colours.

Then, you can print it out and buy a frame for it. A4-sized or maybe smaller. If it's a smaller frame, you can cut around the page accordingly so that it fits.

You could wrap the frame in some nice wrapping paper or colourful see-through paper sheets (you know the thin ones that are almost like tissue?)

Then tie some ribbon strings around it or a medium-sized bow. Present the wrapped gift as is or in a gift bag.

Alternatively, if you want to hand-write the poem, and that's what you feel to do, go with that. I think that'll be OK too. It really is the thought, energy and gesture that counts.

If you decide to take the handwriting route, maybe you could look for high-quality scroll-like paper to write it on. Or if you still want to frame it, hand-write it in bolder ink so that it stands out in the frame.

All the best. The energy you're putting behind it is a gift in and of itself.

Take care...

dan on October 20, 2011:

I came to this site cos i was considering what to get as a present for a dear friend...the thought of getting her an actual gift was daunting but then i got an idea to write her a poem cos ive written a few poems n she normally likes them.... I was wandering if you could help me decide how I present it to her, do I just write it up on a piece of paper or do something else?

Mizz Eb. (author) from UK on September 15, 2011:

hishab: You're welcome...

william: hello. Glad you enjoyed the hub. :-) Would love to write one for you. I do charge though. If you're fine with that, do let me know. Take care...

william.fischer29 on September 15, 2011:

Informative hub. I love reading name poems. can you do one for me?

hishab on May 20, 2011:

thank you !!

Mizz Eb. (author) from UK on February 08, 2011:

Hello Zainab (you have a lovely name yourself, by the way!),

Please read the message I left for Joy (below your comment). I believe I've given you most of what you need to write your own name poem; you can do it. I'm sure Faustina will love it (and the gesture).

Alternatively, if you'd like me to write one for you, I can do so for a fee. Get in touch and let me know if that's the case.

Take care and my congrats to the soon-to-be wedded couple.

Have a great Saturday.

zainab on February 08, 2011:

please use FAUSTINA to make a lovely wedding message.

i need to read to this lovely friend this saturday

please

Mizz Eb. (author) from UK on February 01, 2011:

Hi Joy,

I guess I could help you make the poem. However, would I truly have helped if I did it for you?

Have you tried the five points I listed? It really can help. Get a sheet of paper. Relax. Don't put pressure on yourself. Don't try to make it perfect. Perfection isn't the ultimate goal. Expression is. // Play. Just play. See what words come up. You might surprise yourself and wonder why you ever asked me in the first place. :-)

Good luck and take care.

joy on February 01, 2011:

can you help me to make a poem of my name like this

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Mizz Eb. (author) from UK on January 08, 2011:

You're very welcome, aljunemie. Take care...

aljunemie on January 07, 2011:

thanks it helps me a lot for my homework

Mizz Eb. (author) from UK on March 16, 2010:

Thanks dylan, junv :-) Appreciated.

dylan on January 06, 2010:

this is really smart

junv from Iloilo City, Philippines on January 02, 2010:

nice hub! ;)

"We have a name, but we choose who we are." -junv

Mizz Eb. (author) from UK on May 07, 2009:

Hi Baby Names,

I couldn't agree more!

Baby Names on March 11, 2009:

I love this article. It makes naming a baby a real pleasure.