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Narrative Definition

Poetry Definition of Narrative

Narrative poetry is poetry that tells a story. In its broadest sense, it includes epic poetry; some would reserve the name narrative poetry for works on a smaller scale and generally with more direct appeal to human interest than the epic.


The Raven

by Edgar Allan Poe

Top 5 Narrative Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Premium Member Poem Where The Sycamore Grew Richards, Carrie Narrativeautumn, family, house, life,
Premium Member Poem Past-Life Nightmare Devonshire, Carolyn Narrativemystery, autumn,
Premium Member Poem Love in the Silence of the Soul Meade, David Narrativedeath, love, sorrow,
Premium Member Poem John Lennon Yvonne, Maurice Narrativemusic,
The Clouds A , Poet Destroyer Narrativebeautiful, beauty, blessing, child,

Standard Definition

[n] a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; "his narrative was interesting"; "his stories entertained the children"
[adj] consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story; "narrative poetry"

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Misc. Definitions

\Nar"ra*tive\, a. [Cf. F. narratif.]
1. Of or pertaining to narration; relating to the particulars of an event or transaction.
2. Apt or inclined to relate stories, or to tell particulars of events; story-telling; garrulous. But wise through time, and narrative with age. --Pope.
\Nar"ra*tive\, n. That which is narrated; the recital of a story; a continuous account of the particulars of an event or transaction; a story. Cyntio was much taken with my narrative. --Tatler. Syn: Account; recital; rehearsal; relation; narration; story; tale. See {Account}.

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