Forms of Poetry


An acrostic is a poem (or other form of writing) in which the first letter (or syllable, or word) of each line (or paragraph, or other recurring feature in the text) spells out a word, message or the alphabet.


A poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas. 

Blank Verse

A verse without rhyme, especially that which uses iambic pentameters.


A cinquain poem is a verse of five lines that do not rhyme. 


A pair of successive lines of verse, typically rhyming and of the same length.

Free Verse

Poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular rhythm.


A Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.


A humorous five-line poem with a rhyme scheme aabba.


A lyric poem, typically one in the form of an address to a particular subject, written in varied or irregular metre.


A Malay verse form, also imitated in French and English, with a rhyme scheme abab.

Shape Poem

A shape poem is a type of poetry that describes an object and is shaped the same as the object the poem is describing.

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