Friday, April 21, 2017

Day 21 ~ How to Write a “Pensee Poem” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” for #NationalPoetryMonth

I really love this poetic form. My students wrote such great poems when we did this in class. Check it out:

This form is called a “Pensee Poem” – “pensee” is a French word that means “a reflection or thought.” 

It is a five-line, untitled, structured poem that does not rhyme. Each line has a specific number of syllables and addresses a specific part of the poem ~ see box below.
The thing to watch out for is to follow the pattern, including WHAT should be expressed on each line, using a SPECIFIC number of syllables ~ and remember – THIS poem does not rhyme.     

Precious and sweet
Sleeps peacefully in my arms
How do you like the world so far?
I wish you could tell me.
        © 2014 Stephanie Abney   


OK, below I will take apart the above poem to show you step-by-step:
Line Pattern Example
Line 1 Subject (2 syllables) Newborn
Line 2 Description (4 syllables)Precious and sweet
Line 3 Action (7 syllables) Sleeps peacefully in my arms
Line 4 Setting (8 syllables) How do you like the world so far?
Line 5 Final thought (6 syllables) I wish you could tell me.

Here are a few more examples:

Our liberties
Granted unto us by God
Outlined in our Constitution
Thank-you Founding Fathers  
           © 2014 Stephanie Abney

Dressed in a tux
Slides on his tummy for fun
In Antarctica on ice slopes 
Such a happy fellow 
             © 2016 Stephanie Abney


Ice cream
Cold, smooth and sweet
Makes its way to my tummy
At the end of a trying day
For now, all is just fine.
          © 2016 Stephanie Abney

   So, go ahead and try several ~ perhaps one about an emotion, an animal, one of your favorite foods, or a time of year (holiday/season), an event, or something in nature. What comes to mind?
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Vicki said...

Day 21-Pensee Poem

Poetry style
A poem to write today
Can I say something worth your time?
This causes me to think

Heidi Murphy said...

For my Pensee plus a bonus, go here:

This poetry stuff is playing havoc with my WIP. Must work faster and not stay on FB so long loving everybody else's stuff so much...rofl

Anonymous said...

In the kidney.
Cut it out with surgery.
Now home to heal your aching body.
Got it all? Time will tell.