With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the pressure for either securing a date or maintaining your current relationship is mounting. But a great Valentine’s Day does not demand expensive dinners and jewelry. One way to preserve your relationship and your bank account is to do something simple this year. Writers and poets typically do not have money, but they also tend to have women. So take a page from their book and woo a woman with words. Here are a few romantic (and inexpensive) suggestions:
Read Her Favorite Book:
Surprise your girlfriend by casually dropping in conversation, “Yeah, I’ve been reading Pride and Prejudice , and I am actually enjoying it.” Will you actually enjoy it? Maybe, or maybe not. But, your girl will love it if you make the effort to share a connection with her through literature. Reading the same words can bond you two together. You can discuss characters, plots, and wrestle over questions of theme. If you want to take it to the next level, plan an evening based around her favorite book. Endure the entire BBC miniseries while drinking tea, or if you really want to make her yours forever, emerge from a body of water with a soaked white shirt a la Colin Firth’s Darcy. It sounds cheesy, but the effort will be appreciated.
Read Her Poetry:
Reveal your sensitive, poetic soul and create a swoon-worthy evening by reading to your significant other. First, pick up a cheap copy of the world’s greatest love poems and seduce away. Enhance the evening with candlelight, wine, and blankets. Why not start with some Shelley, Byron, or Keats? Recommendations include Shelley’s Love Philosophy, Byron’s She Walks in Beauty, or Keats’ Bright Star. Or, you can borrow Andrew Marvell’s seduction method in his poem, To His Coy Mistress, and convince your significant other that sex is necessary immediately because you can never be too certain of what the future holds. A close read of these poems will reveal that these writers, just like you, want to use words to entice their lovers right into bed.
Write Her Poetry:
If you are up for the challenge, then why not try expressing your own thoughts of love into words? Do not worry if the eloquence and brilliance of Keats evades you. Heart-felt sentiments are always appreciated. Remember back in elementary school when your mom told you that home-made gifts are the best? The same idea applies here. Expressing your feelings and perhaps leaving your comfort zone to be able to creatively capture your feelings will definitely impress. And while chocolates will be eaten, champagne drunk and roses wilt, the great thing about written words is that they are permanent. She can re-visit your poetry any time she likes and remember just why you love her and why she loves you too. If you happen to be a natural-born poet then all the better; but, even for those who artistically handicapped, it is the thought that truly counts.
Even if you decide to go with the fancy dinner, the jewelry, or the flowers, remember a thoughtful card, a poem whispered in her ear, or conversation revolving around her favorite things will always be loved both this Valentine’s Day and all year! Now get out your pens and paper and start composing that sonnet. Happy wooing!