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51 Types of Poetry
51 Types of Poetry

There are over 51 types of poetry. Poetry is categorized by the number of lines in the poem, the words in the poem, whether it rhymes or not, and what it is about.

51 Types of Poetry:

1. ABC -A poem that has five lines that creates 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.

Ex: A young girl was busy working on her project for school.
But suddenly she had a question
Could this be her lucky day?
Deciding to find out, she
Entered her backyard and
Found hundreds of green shamrocks waiting for her.

2. Acrostic -poetry that certain letters, usually the first in each line form a word or message when read in a sequence.
Ex: Elegantly and efficiently shaped
Good to eat
Great fun to find at Easter
Smooth shelled

3. Ballad - a poem that tells a story similar to a folk tale or legend which often has a repeated refrain.

Ex: Oh the ocean waves may roll,
And the stormy winds may blow,
While we poor sailors go skipping aloft
And the land lubbers lay down below, below, below
And the land lubbers lay down below.

4. Blank verse – a poem written in unrhymed iambic pentameter and is often unobtrusive. The iambic pentameter form often resembles the rhythms of speech.
5. Bio - a poem written about one self's life, personality traits, and ambitions.
6. Burlesque -poetry that treats a serious subject as humor.
7. Canzone -Medieval Italian lyric style poetry with five or six stanzas and a shorter ending stanza.
Carpe diem -...

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