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Poetry Forms Beginning with 'K'

Poetry forms or types of poems beginning with the letter 'K'. This is a comprehensive resource of all types of poems beginning with the letter 'K'. We include examples of popular forms of poetry.

Poetry Forms by Letter


Kimo

Definition

A post-Haiku poetic form , consisting of three lines of 10, 7, and 6 syllables. This form of poetry was invented in Israel.


Kwansaba

Definition

The Kwansaba is a non-rhyming form that consists of seven lines of seven words per line and each word can not include more than seven letters unless it's a proper noun. It's based on Kwanzaa, the African American holiday that celebrates seven principles.

Example

KWANSABA FOR QUINCY TROUPE by Reginald Lockett Lion roaming the vast Serengeti of verse On the Great Plains he stalks words Dogs the scents of verbs and nous King of musical lines tracks poetry's song In the forest there stands his prize, A sleek gazelle of a poem desired He makes a quick study and pounces.

Kyrielle

Definition

A kyrielle is written in rhyming couplets or quatrains. It uses the phrase "Lord have mercy", or a variant on it, as a refrain as the second line of the couplet or last line of the quatrain. In less strict usage, other phrases like "O God, be merciful to me", and sometimes single words, are used as the refrain.

Example

This kyrielle is by Thomas Campion.

A Lenten Hymn

With broken heart and contrite sigh,
A trembling sinner, Lord, I cry:
Thy pard’ning grace is rich and free:
O God, be merciful to me.
I smite upon my troubled breast,
With deep and conscious guilt oppress,
Christ and His cross my only plea:
O God, be merciful to me.
Far off I stand with tearful eyes,
Nor dare uplift them to the skies;
But Thou dost all my anguish see:
O God, be merciful to me.
Nor alms, nor deeds that I have done,
Can for a single sin atone;
To Calvary alone I flee:
O God, be merciful to me.
And when, redeemed from sin and hell,
With all the ransomed throng I dwell,
My raptured song shall ever be,
God has been merciful to me.