Take the following steps to produce an Imagist Poem.
1. Imagine yourself someplace -- the beach, a mountain top, a city street -- anywhere.
2. Write two lines beginning with the words "I see", and then state what you see. (ex: "I see traffic lights"; "I see
3. Then write two lines beginning with "I hear' (I hear sirens; I hear engines); then two lines beginning "I smell";
then two lines beginning with "I taste"; then two lines beginning with "I touch".
4. The last line should begin "I feel” and state how the scene makes you feel. ("I feel lonely and afraid")
5. You now have an eleven line poem. Return to each line, delete the "I see"s, the "I hear's, etc. Add adjectives
6. Return to each line. Add similes and metaphors.
7. Return to each line. Add personification.
8. Optional: Add rhyme and/or alliteration.
You now have an imagist poem -- a poem that captures the image of a setting, using all of the senses. For a
final touch, add an illustration or a border that enhances the meaning of your poem.
Example of the Process:
I seeWater lilies driftingedlazily on the water green.
I see Majestic swans glidinged along the surface so serene.
I hearThe squawking of ducks and songs of birds could be heard.
I hear the Like a kitten, the engine of the boat quietly purringed.
I smellClean air seemed like clouds to abound.
I smellSoon the dinner being preparedbell was sure to sound.
I tasteBubbles of the champagne danced in my glass.
I taste and the sweet flesh of the cherries I had eaten added real class.
I touchThe cool rail of the barge was like ice to my touch.
I touchThe rim of my glass overflowed with so much
I feel contentment and at peace as I had never before known.