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Types of Poetry. Lyric, Ode, Tanka , Sonnet, Metrical Poetry, Free Verse. Lyric Poetry. Short, musical poems Lyric poems use language to convey a single, strong emotion. Ode. a long lyric poem about a serious subject written in a calm and serious style. Tanka.

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types of poetry

Types of Poetry

Lyric, Ode, Tanka, Sonnet, Metrical Poetry, Free Verse

lyric poetry
Lyric Poetry
  • Short, musical poems
  • Lyric poems use language to convey a single, strong emotion

Ode

  • a long lyric poem about a serious subject written in a calm and serious style
tanka
Tanka
  • A Japanese poetic form written with strict rules
  • Tankas have exactly 5 unrhymed lines and a total of exactly 31 syllables.
  • Lines 1 and 3 have 5 syllables and lines 2, 4 and 5 have 7 each.
  • A tanka evokes a strong feeling with a single image
sonnet
Sonnet
  • The sonnet was William Shakespeare's favorite type of poem
  • It can be called an English Sonnet or a Shakespearean Sonnet
  • They are 14 lines and the lines are divided into 3 quatrains- 4 line rhyming stanzas
  • Sonnets end with a couplet which are 2 rhyming lines
metrical poetry
Metrical Poetry
  • Poems that have a meter- a strict rhythmic pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables
  • In metrical poetry the lines are made up of feet- each “foot” is a unit that has a stressed and unstressed syllable
  • The 5 most common types of feet are the iamb, trochee, dactyl, anapest and spondee.
free verse
Free Verse
  • A loose kind of poetry that sounds like natural speech more than formal poetry
  • Free verse has no specific meter or rhyme scheme, although it can rhyme.