Structural Elements of Poetry

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Last updated: November 27, 2019

Two or more words which match in the same last sound.
Rhyme

The beat or cadence of poetry.
Rhythm

A rhythmic pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables.
meter

A piece of poetry or a line of metrical text.
verse

A group of lines that convey “show” an idea.
Stanza

2 lines
Couplet

3 lines
Tercet

4 lines
Quatrain

5 lines
Cinquain

6 lines
Sestet

A poem that does not rhyme and has no regular rhythm.
Free Verse

Humorous poems with five lines.

The first and second line rhyme so does the third and fourth rhyme.

Limericks

A poem with five lines that is built on the number of Syllables (two, four, six, eight, and two.)
Cinquain

Dramatically represent meaning by how they look. The poem takes shape that conveys meaning.
Concrete Poems

A poem that has three lines with a syllable structure of (five, seven, and five.)
Haiku

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