One: Types of Poems

One: Types of Poems

A Lesson by Writing Cherry Blossom

Learn about the different types of poems.


There are many types of poems and it's best for you to get used to them before writing poems. The most common type of poems are free verse, they can be anything and anyways, it doesn't even have to rhyme! Most of the poets today use this type. Here are a list of other poetry types you should get used to:

-Haiku: Haikus have three lines, the first one has 5 syllables, the second has seven, and the last also has five. They originate from Japan and usually talks about nature.
Ex. The morning sun shines
The birds chirping and singing
The bright flowers sway

-Limerick: A five line funny poem with a distinctive rhythm. The first, second and fifth lines which are the longer lines, rhyme. The third and fourth shorter lines rhyme. (A-A-B-B-A).
Ex. They tell this of Julius Caesar,
That he put some ice in a freezer,
Observing to Brutus,
"We'll chill it to suit us!'
Now, he was a funny old geezer.
~William Shakespeare

-Epic: A particularly long, narrative poem that tells a story.
Ex. Aeneid, a Latin epic poem by Virgil

-Couplet: Two lines of verse which rhyme and form a unit alone or as part of a poem.
Ex. The sky so bright, shiny and blue
It feels like all my dreams can come true

-Acrostic Poem: A poem that the first letter in each line spells out a word if read vertically.
Ex. This one spells out POEM:
Poems are fun to write
Over here and over there
Everyday there's something new
My poem here is just for you

Source: All Types Of Poems

There are many more types, but those are the basics you should get to know, first. Try writing your own poem from each of those types. Who knows? Maybe you'll find a new favorite!

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Posted 2 Years Ago

There many types of poetry in this world. I have study the sonnet,ballad,
and free verse ect. I have written Acrostic, haiku, and Tanka, ect.
I also tried some newer forms too.
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I love to read, draw and of course, write. I like fantasy, fiction and have an interest for poems. "Learn from yesterday, hope for tomorrow,and live for today." -Unknown