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aubade

a love song or poem greeting the dawn

ballad

simple poem, usually created for singing,dealing with a dramatic episode

ballade

a poem consisting of 3 stanzas and an envoy

dirge

a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person

eclogue

a short descriptive poem of rural or pastoral life

elegy

poem or song expressing lamentation

epithalamion

a poem written in celebration of marriage

hymn

a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)

monody

Solo voice with accompaniment of mourning

ode

a poem usually addressed to a particular person, object or event that has stimulated deep and noble feelings in the poet

pastoral

poem in a setting marked by summer and fecund nature

rondeau

a French verse form of 15 lines running on two rhymes of a light topic (aabba, aabc, aabbac)

rondel

like rondeau but 13 or 14 lines

song

musical expression, straightforward, emotional

sonnet

a verse form consisting of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme

threnody

a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person

vers de société

light verse, written in a congenial, witty, amorous way

villanelle

a lyric poem consisting of five tercets and a final quatrain

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