Types of Poems | Forms of Poetry
All types of poems and forms of poetry including popular forms like haiku, sonnets, and free verse. A comprehensive glossary containing a list of various types of poems with examples. See poetic forms with associated poem examples. Learn about and use different styles of poetry.
There are many different ways to write a poem, however a form of poetry defines a specific style or set of rules that must be used for writing that form. Quatrains, couplets, ballads, elegy poems, epic poems, lyric, and narratives are all forms of poetry. Forms can be defined by structure or content.
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See note below: Poetry in which every word begins with a successive letter of the alphabet. The first word begins with A, the
second with B, etc.
(OR) A poem that has 5 lines that create a mood, picture, or feeling. Lines 1 through 4 are made up of words, phrases or clauses - and the first word of each line is in alphabetical order from the first word. Line 5 is one sentence, beginning with any letter.
Note: ABC as a form has been used to describe anything from an Abecedarian poem (above), to an
Acrostic poem, and other things. ABC typically has been used as a
catch-all for sequential alphabet poems that may not necessarily use the
entire alphabet like an Abecedarian poem. So, in reality, "ABC" is just
an acrostic poem using successive letters of the alphabet per line or stanza.
A better cat doesn't exist, four gentle hearts insist. Juggling kittens, leaping, mewing, now overturning pillows--quietly rush, sustain terror--understand: Vitality will explode yawning zzz's!
by LaVerna B. Johnson
Although things are not perfect
Because of trial or pain
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame
Even when the times are hard
Fierce winds are bound to blow
(Or ABCEDARIUS) Type of acrostic where each line or verse begins with a
successive letter of the alphabet (a, b, c, d...and so forth) until the end of the alphabet is
reached, thus using the whole alphabet. Sometimes known as an alphabet poem.
AN A.B.C.by Geoffrey Chaucer
A poem, usually in verse, in which the first or the last
letters of the lines, or certain other letters, taken in order, form
a name, word, phrase, or motto.
Here is an example in English, an Edgar Allan Poe poem titled simply An Acrostic:
Elizabeth it is in vain you say
"Love not" — thou sayest it in so sweet a way: In vain those words from thee or L.E.L. Zantippe's talents had enforced so well: Ah! if that language from thy heart arise, Breath it less gently forth — and veil thine eyes. Endymion, recollect, when Luna tried To cure his love — was cured of all beside — His follie — pride — and passion — for he died.
Alexandrine poetry consists of a line of 12 syllables with major stresses on the 6th syllable and on the last syllable, and one secondary accent in each half line. Originally a twelve syllable meter in French prosody. However, the English equivalent is the iambic hexameter - see meter. An example of alexandrine verse is Testament of Beauty by Robert Bridges.
Alliterations are sentences or phrases that contain words that repeat the same beginning consonant sounds. The initial sounds of a word, beginning either with a consonant or a vowel, are repeated in close succession.
A poem that repeats the same letter at the beginning of two or
more words immediately succeeding each other, or at short intervals;
as in the following lines: -
Behemoth, biggest born of earth, upheaved His vastness. Milton.
Fly o'er waste fens and windy fields. Tennyson.
Dogs Destroy Dinosaurs
Athena and Apollo
Nate never knows
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