Poetic Forms

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Haiku
3 lined poem, 17 syllables, often capturing a moment in time.
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Limerick
5 lined poem, distinctive rhythm, aabba rhyme scheme, often tells the story of a character from a particular place.
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Ballad
Narrative poem, written in quatrains, tight rhyme scheme, memorable rhythm, usually tells a dramatic story.
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Sonnet
14 lined poem, iambic pentameter, usually follows a Shakespearean or Petrarchan form.
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Ode
Sometimes elevated style, modern versions can be witty and irrelevant, addresses an object, event , element of landscape or person.
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Sestina
39 lined, 6 stanzas final 3 line envoi (summary), in which 6 words in each stanza are repeated in a set pattern but changing order.
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Villanelle
19 lines, aba rhyme scheme, 5 three lined stanzas, 1 four lined stanza, lines from the 1st stanza are picked up and repeated in the rest of the poem.
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Ghazal
At least 5 couplets, 1st couplet has an aa structure with subsequent couplets ba, ca, da etc., the final couplet traditionally refers to to poet's real or literary name.
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Elegy
Does not follow any metrical pattern, melancholic tone, written as a lament in memory of a person, place or way of life.
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Free Verse
Does not have a traditional rhyme scheme or metrical arrangements.
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Epigram
Very compressed language, short witty saying usually about and event or person.
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Blank Verse
No rhyme, Iambic pentameter, mirroring the rhythms of everyday speech.
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Narrative Poem
Tells a story or describes a series of events.
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Epic
Written in elevated, lengthy narrative poem that is heroic.
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Heroic Couplets
Rhyming pairs of lines, usually iambic pentameter with alternately stressed syllables, progressing rhyme scheme aa, bb, cc etc. Strong rhyme scheme, regular beat, popular for satirical or epigrammatic poetry in 17th and 18th century.
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5 lined poem, distinctive rhythm, aabba rhyme scheme, often tells the story of a character from a particular place.

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Limerick

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Narrative poem, written in quatrains, tight rhyme scheme, memorable rhythm, usually tells a dramatic story.

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14 lined poem, iambic pentameter, usually follows a Shakespearean or Petrarchan form.

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Card 5

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Sometimes elevated style, modern versions can be witty and irrelevant, addresses an object, event , element of landscape or person.

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