OK, today we are going to write a “Pyramid Poem.” This is quite simple if you follow the rules ~ it’s one of those “parts of speech” poems that the teacher in me LOVES (great for classroom teachers and homeschoolers). It has some repetition in it, which is part of its charm. Children seem to really like this format, to listen to a pyramid poem and to write one on their own. Those of you with kids at home, I do hope you enlist their creativity on some of these poetry forms. This would be a good one to involve them in. It’s a fun one where each line builds off of the previous line as certain words are intentionally carried over.
When all is said and done – if you center the words (which I realize you can’t do in the comment section here or on a FB post) – but when you save it for yourself or post it on your own blog, center the words so the poem is in the shape of a pyramid. It’s a fun little poem . . . so let’s begin:
Here is the format ~ ONE word for part of speech indicated on each line BUT THE CATCH IS ~ once you have selected a word for NOUN – that same word needs to be used EVERY time a NOUN is called for in the poem, same for the adjective you choose and so forth. Syllable counts, word counts, and rhyming are not specific or a requirement, although some may occur,
BUT using the same word for a particular part of speech IS a requirement.
Here is the pattern:
Line 1: noun
Line 2: adjective, noun
Line 3: adjective, noun, verb
Line 4: adjective, noun, verb, adverb
Line 5: adjective noun verb adverb prepositional phrase
**** (OK, so note that prepositional phrases will often have a noun by their very nature – telling WHERE something is happening – so for the last line you get to ignore the “all nouns need to be the same” rule – EXCEPT, your reoccurring noun WILL be in the last line before the prepositional phrase). Hope that was clear enough. Worked for me, anyway.
Now, if you are not up to speed on all the parts of speech – be sure to read the step-by-step” overview that pertains to the following example (I’ll post it right after the poem):
I found an easy-to-follow example online but no author credit was given:
photo credit: Stephanie Abney
Puffy clouds float
Puffy clouds float sleepily
Puffy clouds float sleepily across the horizon
Noun: names a person, place, thing, or idea (clouds)
Adjective: a word that describes a noun (puffy)
Verb: an action (float)
Adverb: a word that tells how (sleepily)
Prepositional Phrase: a group of words that tells where something is or
where something is happening (across the horizon)
And if you need more info on prepositions and prepositional phrases – you will need to just do an Internet search and get some help on it. Cheers!!
And here’s an example I wrote a few years ago:
Sweet children play
Sweet children play happily
Sweet children play happily at Grandma’s house
© 2015 Stephanie Abney
And here’s one I wrote a couple of years ago when my internet was giving me grief during poetry month. The Internet locked me out and wouldn’t reset until a few hours later. Dang!!
Fickle Internet disappears
Fickle Internet disappears suddenly
Fickle Internet disappears suddenly during poetry month!
© 2021 Stephanie Abney
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*** Also, if you choose to post your poems on your own blog or elsewhere on social media ~ that’s awesome. But PLEASE don’t just copy and paste my daily instructions, but rather post your poem on your blog or your FB wall or wherever AND LINK BACK TO EACH DAY’S SPECIFIC BLOG POST for others to come here to read the instructions. I’ve spent considerable time researching the poetry forms and writing them up to share with you. Thanks for respecting my work.
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