Petrified of poetry? Think that verses are vile? This page will help you get to grips with the basics so that you can take on poetry questions with ease...

There are Different Types of Poem.

A syllable is a word, or part of a word, which can be said in a single sound. E.g. in 'poem', 'po' and 'em' are syllables.

Not all poems are the same. These are some different kinds of poem you might run into: 

HAIKUS: short poems from Japan - they only have 3 lines and 17 syllables.

BALLADS: poems that tell a story. They often have four-line verses and a chorus.

FREE VERSE: a type of poem which doesn't rhyme and doesn't have a set line length.

SONNETS: usually 14 lines long, and have a special rhyme pattern.

LIMERICKS: funny poems, with 5


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