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The ABCs of Poetry

A is for Acrostic, where the first letter of each line spells a word
B is for Burlesque, a poetic type bordering on absurd

C is for Clerihew, a short and humorous verse
D is for Didactic, meant to improve morals at first

E is for Epithalamium, written for a groom and his bride
F is for Free Verse, where the rules go and hide

G is for Ghazal, with a shared rhyme and refrain
H is for Haiku, getting it just right is a pain

I is for Iambic Pentameter, which is the poetic beat
J is for Jargon, where real and fake words do meet

K is for Kwansaba, another non-rhyming form 
L is for Limerick, where many a giggle has been born

M is for Monorhyme, the same rhyme on each line
N is for Narrative, which tells a story every time

O is for Ode, a lengthy, lyrical poem
P is for Pastoral, describing the rural life I call home

Q is for Quatrain, rhyming verses with lines that count four
R is for Romanticism, think of the Romeo and Juliet score

S is for Sonnet, fourteen lines with a conventional scheme
T is for Tanka, first appearing on the Japanese scene

U is for Unique, which every written poem wants to be
V is for Villanelle, repeating lines one and three

W is for Worthwhile, which I think most poems are
X is for X-cellent, those poems written by stars

Y is for Youngsters, who should start writing their own
Z is for Zebra, my own black and white poem

So pick up your pen and try your hand at these styles
Included in poems makes the written word smile

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  1. Date: 4/18/2013 7:15:00 PM
    awesome~ PD

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 3:43:00 PM
    Congrats on your winning unique work..Sara

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 5:37:00 PM
    I need to print this poem about poetry out so I remember them all, wonderful ABC poem, congratulation on your win!

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 11:44:00 AM
    Yea Joe!! Well done big congrats !! Deb

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 9:25:00 AM
    congratulations on your win with this delightful poem! i think we can all relate to this one...

  1. Date: 4/16/2013 10:45:00 PM
    This is so lovely. Many congrats for this win.

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 8:27:00 PM
    This is awesome clever and informative! Hugs

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 8:17:00 PM
    This is awesome clever and informative! Hugs

  1. Date: 3/12/2013 10:13:00 PM
    I'm glad someone else appreciates variety in their writing... A really awesome introduction to several different kinds of poetry. Inspiring! Thanks for sharing... this was fun to read :)

  1. Date: 2/27/2013 4:55:00 PM
    Wow !! Great entry !! You did so well with this. I just can't think of a topic. This will be time consuming too... but look at you with this excellent ABC of poetry !! Winner to me !!

  1. Date: 2/27/2013 3:31:00 PM
    ;Dont see how it could be done any better..this is great! BG

  1. Date: 2/27/2013 3:24:00 PM
    Joe, this is X-cellent! You really did a great job with this. Best wishes in the contest! Love, Kim

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  1. Date: 2/27/2013 2:19:00 PM
    wow, joe! quite an accomplishment! i really enjoyed reading this...

  1. Date: 2/27/2013 1:36:00 PM
    Joe, this is wonderful, I love all the forms you mention in your poem and then some, it is also fun to try to make your own unique form, which I am trying to do lately, well done, constance