Kinds of Poem

Villanelles

Poems consisting of five 3-line verses, with a sixth consisting of 4 lines.

Ballads

Poems that tell a story, with at least one line of each verse containing a repeated rhyme.

Epigrams

Witty sayings, usually in the form of verse.

Clerihews

4-line poems, with each line being of unequal length.   Named after Edmund Clerihew Bentley.

Sir Christopher Wren

Said “I’m going to dine with some men,

And if anyone calls,

Tell them I’m designing St. Paul’s.”

Limericks

Comic verses of 5 lines

Sonnets

Romantic poems, usually having verses made up of alternate rhymes, and with 14 lines of equal length. 

Riddles

Poems intended to puzzle the listener

Odes

Poems written in praise of a person or thing

Haiku    

A short poem made up of 17 syllables

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