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Poetry with Parsons. Haiku. In Japanese, a poem of about 17 syllables 5 syllables 7 syllables 5 syllables.

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  • In Japanese, a poem of about 17 syllables

5 syllables

7 syllables

5 syllables


Each Haiku must contain a kigo, a season word, which indicate in which season the Haiku is set. For example, cherry blossoms indicate spring, snow indicate winter, and mosquitoes indicate summer, but the season word isn't always that obvious.

  • Couplets are any two lines working as a unit, whether they comprise a single stanza or are part of a larger stanza. Most couplets rhyme (aa), but they do not have to.
  • In Couplet poems, lines 1 and 2 rhyme, and lines 3 and 4 rhyme (not necessarily with lines 1 and 2). There are usually 4-6 lines to a verse.

Decorator Hermit CrabThere was a little hermit crabWho thought his tank was rather drabAt first he didn't know what to doThen decorated with pink and blue.Now he is no longer crabbyWith his new home, he's rather happy!




Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

  • The word quatrain comes from Latin and French words meaning "four." The quatrain is a poem or stanza of four lines. It is a very popular form of poetry. Famous poets like William Blake and T. S. Eliot used quatrains.


Rhyming Structure:Pattern 1: a b a b (Lines 1 and 3 rhyme, lines 2 and 4 rhyme)

Pattern 2: a b c b (Lines 2 and 4 rhyme)

Pattern 3: a a b a (Lines 1, 2 and 4 rhyme)

Pattern 4: a a b b (Lines 1 and 2 rhyme, lines 3 and 4 rhyme)


The mountain frames the sky (a)As a shadow of an eagle flies by. (a)With clouds hanging at its edge (b)A climber proves his courage on its rocky ledge. (b)




The rushing ocean waves (a)Beat harshly on the sand. (b)They roar and crash and foam (c)As they break upon the land. (b)

what rhyme scheme is this example


Tyger! Tyger! burning brightIn the forests of the night,What immortal hand or eyeCould frame thy fearful symmetry?- From William Blake's "The Tyger"

What rhyme scheme is this example?



What rhyme scheme is this example?

A rainbow plays in the water sprayIt hides in a chandelier.It always seems to find its wayThrough the glass when light is near.

  • Limericks consist of five lines.
  • Lines 1, 2, and 5 of Limericks have seven to ten syllables and rhyme with one another. 
  • Lines 3 and 4 of Limericks have five to seven syllables and also rhyme with each other.



There was an Old Man with a beard,Who said, 'It is just as I feared!Two Owls and a Hen,Four Larks and a Wren,Have all built their nests in my beard!'


There was a Young Lady whose chin,Resembled the point of a pin;So she had it made sharp,And purchased a harp,And played several tunes with her chin.


There once was a man from Peru,Who dreamed of eating his shoe,He awoke with a fright,In the middle of the night,And found that his dream had come true!

free verse
Free Verse

The wonderful, wonderful thing about free verse, is that it has very few distinct rules or boundaries. The rhythm or cadence of free verse varies throughout the poem. Though the words don't rhyme, they flow along their own uneven pattern.

Fogby Carl SandburgThe fog comeson little cat feet.It sits lookingover harbor and cityon silent haunchesand then moves on.

Free Verse

Boa Constrictor

by Shel Silverstein

Oh, I'm being eatenBy a boa constrictor,A boa constrictor,A boa constrictor,I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,And I don't like it--one bit.Well, what do you know?It's nibblin' my toe.Oh, gee,It's up to my knee.Oh my,It's up to my thigh.Oh, fiddle,It's up to my middle.Oh, heck,It's up to my neck.Oh, dread,It's upmmmmmmmmmmffffffffff !

One Inch Tall by Shel Silverstein

If you were only one inch tall, you'd ride a worm to school.The teardrop of a crying ant would be your swimming pool.A crumb of cake would be a feastAnd last you seven days at least,A flea would be a frightening beastIf you were one inch tall.

Running through a field of clover,Stop to pick a daffodilI play he loves me, loves me not,The daffy lies, it says he does not love me!Well, what use a daffy When Jimmy gives me roses?
light verse
Light Verse

Light poetry, or light verse, is poetry that attempts to be humorous. Poems considered "light" are usually brief, and can be on a frivolous or serious subject, and often feature wordplay, including puns, adventurous rhyme and heavy alliteration.


MEDICAL MAYHEMFound a hangnail on my pinky.Insignificant, so dinky.How to mend it? What to do,Make it good again, like new?Soon an answer came to meFrom a "doctor" on TV.Fifty bucks, a single ounceOf medicine I can't pronounce.One thing that was said for sure:Side-effects just might occur:Tooth disease like pyorrhea;Dizziness, with diarrhea;Ear wax, and resulting pain;Lesions forming on my brain;Trouble with my circulation;Gas-attacks and constipation;When all was said, and all was done,The treatment didn't seem like fun.I guess I'll just ignore my dang nail,And simply hang onto my hangnail.


“GOGGLE-BOGGLE”I sat upon my glasses.(I never was too smart.)They broke right in the middleAnd quickly fell apart.And though regrets are bound to be,(And I'll admit I've got 'em),I'm glad those glasses weren't on meThe time they met my bottom!

“HALF-PINT”It isn't that I'm little.I'm just not very tall.Until I grow,I'm  last to knowWhen rain begins to fall.
  • Create a collection of original poetry.
  • Each of the six examples of poetry must be present:
    • Haiku
    • Couplet
    • Quatrain
    • Limerick
    • Free verse
    • Light verse