Types of Poetry and definitions

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Last updated: November 25, 2019

ABC Poem
The first word of each line is in alphabetical order.

Acrostic Poem
The first letters of each line are aligned vertically to form a word

Autobiographical Poem
A poem about yourself. It has your personality traits and ambitions for your life.

Ballad Poem
A poem that tells a story similar to a folk tale or legend-often has a repeated refrain

Cinquin Poetry
-5 lines-line one has one word (title) –line 2 has two words that describe the title—Line 3 has 3 words that tell action -Line 4 has four words that express the feeling — Line 5 has one word that recall the title.

Couplet Poetry
has two lines that rhyme. It could have end rhyming or inner rhyme.

Epic Poetry
A serious poem that tells a story about a heroic figure.

Epigram
A very short, ironic, and witty poem usually written as a brief couplet or quatrain.

Epitaph
a commerative description on a tomb or monument written to praise the deceased.

Free Verse
Poetry written either rhymed or unrhymed lines that have no fixed pattern.

Haiku
A Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.

Limerick
A short sometimes vulgar, humorous poem consisting of 5 lines. Lines 1, 2 and 5 have seven to ten syllables and rhymes and have the same rhythm. The 3rd and 4th lines have five to seven syllables, rhyme and rhythm.

Lyric
A poem that expresses the thoughts and feelings of the poet.

Quatrain
A stanza or poem consisting of four lines. Lines 2 and 4 must rhyme while having a similar number of syllables.

Rhyme
A rhyming poem has the repetition of the same or similar sounds of two or more words often at the end of the line.

Shape Poem
Poem written in the shape or form of an object.

Poem
can describe, explain or tell a story using words, pictures and special forms, sounds and rhythms.

stanzas
poem divided into groups of lines

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