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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry

The Ode / French Poetry


The Ronsardian Ode is the creation of a deaf, French poet Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585). He was known as the Prince of Poets, a "romance" poet. Ronsard's work is musical, sensuous and pagan. Interesting that he was cleric in minor orders and yet his poems focused more on the beauties and sorrows of his loves than spiritual matters.The structure of this stanzaic form is specific, like the Keatsian Ode it follows a uniform stanzaic pattern. It is its unique pattern that sets it apart.


The Ronsardian Ode is:

  • stanzaic, written in any number of 9 line stanzas.
  • syllabic, 10-4-10-4-10-10-4-4-8 syllables per line.
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme ababccddc.


    Ode to Rain by Judi Van GorderIMG_1293_zps267911ec.jpg


    Great drops of water fall from clouds above

    the heavens burst

    with merciful evidence of God's love,

    the rain came first.

    Watching as the burden of the grey sky

    unloads upon this earth, He heard our cry,

    relieved our pain.

    He sends the rain

    and thirst is quenched, we heave a sigh.


    We hear the wind-song of the clouds that spill

    and send the rain

    to soak the ground, restore the lakes and fill

    the seas. The plane

    that heals and succors sequoia and pine,

    the great oak, magnolia, maple, grape-vine,

    birch, conifer,

    yucca and fir.

    The rain that saves this earth of mine.

Links to other OdesThe Ode Odes named for poet or culture of their origin:

Thematic Odes:

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