By Marcia Lee
Also, did you know there are over 55 different types of poetry styles? Listed below are some of the more commonly known types:
- ABC poems – A poem that has five lines that create a mood, picture, or feeling. Lines 1 through 4 are made up of words, phrases or clauses while the first word of each line is in alphabetical order. Line 5 is one sentence long and begins with any letter.
- Acrostic – Poetry that certain letters, usually the first in each line form a word or message when read in a sequence.
- Ballads– A poem that tells a story similar to a folk tail or legend which often has a repeated refrain.
- Bio – A poem written about one self’s life, personality traits, and ambitions.
- Blank verse – A poem written in unrhymed iambic pentameter and is often unobtrusive. The iambic pentameter form often resembles the rhythms of speech.
- Burlesque – Poetry that treats a serious subject as humor.
- Couplet – A couplet has rhyming stanzas made up of two lines.
- Elegy – A sad and thoughtful poem about the death of an individual.
- Free verse – Poetry written in either rhyme or unrhymed lines that have no set fixed metrical pattern.
- Haiku – A Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five morea, usually containing a season word.
- Lay – A long narrative poem, they were often sung by medieval entertainers.
- Limerick – A short sometimes vulgar, humorous poem consisting of five anapestic lines. Lines 1, 2, and 5 have seven to ten syllables, rhyme and have the same verbal rhythm. The 3rd and 4th lines have five to seven syllables, rhyme and have the same rhythm.
- Lyric – A poem that expresses the thoughts and feelings of the poet.
- Narrative – A poem that tells a story.
- Quatrain – A rhyming poem has the repetition of the same or similar sounds of two or more words, often at the end of the line.
- Sonnet – A lyric poem that consists of 14 lines which usually have one or more conventional rhyme schemes.
- Visual – The visual arrangement of text, images, and symbols to help convey the meaning of the work. Visual poetry is sometimes referred to as a type of concrete poetry.