Different Types of Poetry - Definitions (Pack 1)
Learn about different poetry forms and styles.
A type of lyrical stanza, which is elaborately structured. It praises or glorifies an event or individual, describing nature intellectually as well as emotionally. There are three typical forms.
A traditional lyric poem that is 14 lines long. They normally feature a "turn" somewhere in the middle, where the poem takes a new direction.
A lengthy narrative poem, ordinarily involving a time beyond living memory, describing heroic events.
A literary device that can be defined as poetry without the limitations of regular meter or rhythm, and does not rhyme with fixed forms.
An Ode with only one stanza type; the style deliberately imitated the Greek lyricists such as Alcaeus and Anacreon.
A popular narrative song. In the English tradition, it usually follows a form of rhymed (ABCB) quatrains alternating four-stress and three-stress lines.
A form of verse, often humorous and sometimes rude, with a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA.
A Japanese poem which has five lines - the first and third composed of five syllables and the rest of seven.
A very distinctive style, typically characterised by a three strophe pattern of strophe, antistrophe, and epode. Each new three strophe pattern repeats the meter and rhyme scheme of the first set.
A poetic form invented by the Japanese. Lines follow a pattern of five syllables, seven syllables, and five syllables.
Type of poetry consisting of 10- or 11-syllable lines, arranged in three lines with the chain rhyme scheme ABA BCB CDC etc.
A short poem consisting of fifteen lines that have two rhymes throughout. The first few words or phrase from the first line are repeated twice in the poem as a refrain.
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