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types of poetry

Types of Poetry

Amanda Stewart

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Types of Poetry
  • Poetry is classified into different categories. A list of these categories can be found on the Types of Poetry web page.
  • Haiku Poetry Type is a Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. Haiku poetry originated in the sixteenth century and reflects on some aspect of nature and creates images.
example of a haiku
Example of a Haiku

Stanza by Basho

Ah, summer grasses!All that remainsOf the warriors dreams.



  • a kind of humorous verse of five lines, in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet.
  • a short, often satirical poem dealing concisely with a single subject and usually ending with a witty or ingenious turn of thought.
example of a limerick
Example of a Limerick

Limerick from the Book of NonsensebyEdward Lear

There was an Old Man with a gong,Who bumped at it all day long;But they called out, 'O law!You're a horrid old bore!'So they smashed that Old Man with a gong.

example of an epigram
Example of an Epigram

A Lame Begger byJohn Donne

I am unable, yonder beggar cries, To stand, or move; if he say true, he lies

  • poem, properly expressive of a single, complete thought, idea, or sentiment, of 14 lines, usually in iambic pentameter, with rhymes arranged according to one of certain definite schemes, being in the strict or Italian form divided into a major group of 8 lines (the octave) followed by a minor group of 6 lines (the sestet), and in a common English form into 3 quatrains followed by a couplet.
example of a sonnet
Example of a Sonnet

O thou my lovely boybyWilliam Shakespeare

O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy powerDost hold Time's fickle glass his fickle hour;Who hast by waning grown, and therein show'stThy lovers withering, as thy sweet self grow'st

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Work Cited

Dictionary.com. (n.d.). Retrieved October 29, 2008, from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sonnet

Types of Poetry. (2005, October 20). Retrieved October 29, 2008, from http://www.types-of-poetry.org.uk/