Types of Poems

The poems I’ve posted to date fall into one of the four following categories. I was asked to include a description of different poetic forms, so I thought I’d start with these.

blank verse – written in iambic pentameter that doesn’t rhyme; if you want a great explanation of iambic pentameter, check http://iambicpentameter.net

cinquain – five lines, the first with two syllables, the second with four, the third with six, the fourth with eight, and the fifth with two (I wrote a reverse cinquain a few days ago – Wings Spread.)

free verse – doesn’t rhyme or have a regular meter

haiku – three lines, the first with five syllables, the second with seven, and the third with five

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