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Poem where the first letters of each line taken consecutively form words, phrases, or a name.


Poet speaks
to something that
cannot answer.
"Oh, racecar of my heart..."


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

Comic Verse

A nonsense poem;
it makes no sense.

Concrete Poem

Uses words, shape, and form of a poem to add to the meaning of the poem.


Two or more voices talking
Usually in two columns

Epic poem

A long, serious
poem that tells
the story of
a heroic figure


A Japanese poem; three unrhymed lines of 5, 7, 5 syllables;
often reflect on nature


A five-line poem
rhyme pattern is a a b b a.
Lines 1, 2, and 5 have three beats.
Lines 3 & 4 have two beats and rhyme.

Limericks are meant to be funny.
The last line of a good limerick contains the PUNCH LINE or "heart of the joke."


A short poem that expresses a personal feeling or description


A lyric poem
that has a serious and thoughtful tone


A 14 line lyric poem
English sonnets have 3 quatrains and a couplet.
They follow an
abab cdcd efef gg rhyme scheme


the poet
pretends to be someone or something other than himself.

Narrative Poem

A poem
that tells
a story

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