Types  Of Poetry!

Ten Essential Types Of  Poetry

Every Poet should know at least these styles of poetic writing.  So here's a list for you to study!

1. Free verse- "A free verse is a type of poem that does not follow a specific meter or a specific rhyme scheme. There is no fixed form. A free verse poem does not have a specific rhyme pattern that it needs to follow and there are no set rules to writing a poem in free verse. The poem has natural pauses based on phrases. A person will pause in this poem like they would if they are speaking to another."

2. Haiku-"A haiku is an unrhymed Japanese poetic form that consists of 17 syllables arranged in three lines containing five, seven, and five syllables, respectively. A haiku expresses much and suggests more in the fewest possible words. The form gained distinction in the 17th century, when Basho, a Japanese poet considered the greatest practitioner of the form, elevated it to a highly refined art."

3.Sonnet-" A Sonnet is a type of poem in which the structure is very specific, following a clear rhyme scheme that flowed through fourteen lines. There have been many different forms of the sonnet, generally speaking, throughout the centuries passed; However, many "sonneteers" (as they are often known) claim that the basis of a sonnet in poetry has indeed evolved throughout this time."

4.Blank Verse-"Blank verse is poetry with a consistent meter but no formal rhyme scheme. Unlike free verse, blank verse has a measured beat. In English, the beat is usually iambic pentameter, but other metrical patterns can be used. From William Shakespeare to Robert Frost, many of the greatest writers in the English language embraced the blank verse form."

5. Limerick-"A limerick is a five-line poem that is often humorous. Limericks use the rhyme scheme AABBA, meaning that the first two lines rhyme with each other, and then the next (usually shorter) two lines rhyme with each other, and the last line rhymes with the first two lines. For example: A limerick has five lines, not nine."

6. Tanka- "Tanka poetry refers to a Japanese 31-syllable poem, traditionally written as a single, unbroken line. The word "tanka" translates to "short song." Similar to haiku poetry, tanka poems have specific syllable requirements. They also use many literary devices, including personification, metaphors, and similes to allow ample visualization."

7.Cinquain- "A Cinquain is a type of poem that was originally created by Brooklyn born poet, Adelaide Crapsey. This type of poem utilizes five, non-rhyming line, with different syllables required for each line. The syllable pattern follows this pattern: for line one – two syllables; for line two – four syllables; for line three – six syllables; for line four – eight syllables; and for line five – two syllables again."

8.Sestine- " a poem of six six-line stanzas and a three-line envoy, originally without rhyme, in which each stanza repeats the end words of the lines of the first stanza, but in different order, the envoy using the six words again, three in the middle of the lines and three at the end"

9. Villanelle- "a chiefly French verse form running on two rhymes and consisting typically of five tercets and a quatrain in which the first and third lines of the opening tercet recur alternately at the end of the other tercets and together as the last two lines of the quatrain."

10.Acrostic-" A poem or series of lines in which certain letters, usually the first in each line, form a name, motto, or message when read in sequence. 2. See word square. 3. A word puzzle in which the answers to several different clues form an anagram of a quotation, phrase, or other text."

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