Poetry Types: Discover These 50 Intriguing Styles

Whether you are searching for a new type of poem to write or doing research for a critique, you will find this list quite useful and informative. I gathered a list of over fifty different poetry types for your viewing pleasure. I will be adding to this list whenever I find something new.

ABC

Consists of five lines. Lines 1 to 4 are made up of words, phrases, or clauses with the first letter of each line in alphabetical order. Line 5 is one sentence long and may start with any letter.

Acrostic

Consists of any number of lines which spell a word or message. Usually the message is formed from the first letter of the phrase, but may be any letter. Continue Reading

Clerihew: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

I have mentioned Clerihew a few times on this blog and I even made an entire theme of Bright Dreams Journal of the genre, but what exactly is it and what does it accomplish?

First and foremost, yes, poetry has to accomplish something. It does not matter what. Entertainment, persuasion, and information are the most common. For Clerihew, entertainment is the most obvious choice. However, using Clerihew as a way to give information about people can also be a great way to help children remember important historical figures. Continue Reading

5 Poetry Forms You’ve Never Heard of, But You Should Try

I’ve been writing poetry for over fifteen years now. I love to be able to share my thoughts and ideas in ways which I can’t do when writing prose. I feel that simple words and phrases don’t do them justice. This is why poetry is my favorite form of literature. It is powerful.

However, writing free verse does get tiring. I will sometimes look through a list of poetic forms and choose something different to try. At first I’d write the common stuff–sonnets, haiku, odes–and then move to something less common–lyrics, cinquains, and limericks. Continue Reading