Tackling love by using generic statements like “I love him so much” or “My love is so great” will feel empty in a poem. My teacher Sir Ypil explains that unlike when one says these generic statements to a friend or a lover, there is no need to particularize this sentiment because the relationship of the speaker and the receiver already provides the context and the depth of that statement.
Your lover knows and can feel what exactly you mean when you say “I love you.” When one writes that statement in a poem, one cannot assume that the reader, who doesn’t know the poet, can read the mind of the poet as well as the poet’s lover can. Love can mean a multiple things for different people. That’s why there is a need for the poet to specify what kind of love he or she is expressing in his or her work.
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