5 Blank VerseBlank verse is a type of poetry that contains no rhymes but has rules about line length and structure.
6 Free VerseFree verse is a style of poetry with no set length or rhyme scheme; its only rule is that there are no rules.Example – “Hist Whist” by e.e. cummings
7 Lyric VerseLyric verse is a broad classification for poems that are shorter than narrative poems and describe feelings and emotions.Example – “A Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns
8 StanzaA stanza is the way lines are grouped together, like paragraphs, in a poem.
9 CoupletA couplet is a stanza made up of two lines.
10 TripletA triplet is a stanza made up of three lines.
11 QuatrainA quatrain is a stanza made up of four lines.
12 AcrosticsAn acrostic is a poem where the first letter of each line spells a word which can be read vertically. The rhyme scheme and number of the lines may vary in acrostic poems.
13 Example: My mother is love Only she can heal my wounds The cookies she bakes are deliciousHot are her famous chicken wingsElizabeth is her nameRed is the color of her Corvette.
14 Alphabet PoemAn alphabet poem is a poem that is arranged so that readers follow through every letter of the alphabet; from A to Z.Example – “Alphabet Poem”
15 BalladA ballad is a poem that tells a short story in a moving and exciting way.Example – “The Pied Piper of Hamlin” by Robert Browning
16 HaikuHaiku is a short poem of three lines and 17 syllables describing nature, often at a particular time of year.
17 LimericksA limerick is a short, humorous, five-line poem.
18 Narrative PoemA narrative poem is when a story is told in the form of a poem. The word “narrative” comes from narrator – one who tells stories.Example – “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
19 Nonsense PoemA nonsense poem is a type of poetry featuring fantastic images of made-up words that entertain through its wild silliness.Example – “Jabberwocky” By Lewis Carroll
20 Nursery RhymesA nursery rhyme is a fun, usually short poem written for children and often recited at bedtime.Example – “Old Mother Hubbard” By Sarah Catherine Martin
21 Shaped PoemA shaped poem is a poem whose line length and structure is arranged carefully so that the poem’s shape on the page adds to the meaning.Example – “Easter Wings” by George Herbert
22 VillanelleA villanelle is a nineteen-line poem with a careful rhyme scheme.Example – “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” By Dylan Thomas