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Structural Elements & Poetic Forms. Structural Elements. elements or aspects of the structure of poem a poet uses for effect What is struct ure? - How the words or lines are arranged or ordered . -Verse -Line Break -Stanza. Verse.

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Structural elements poetic forms

Structural Elements&Poetic Forms

Structural elements
Structural Elements

  • elements or aspects of the structure of poem a poet uses for effect

    What is structure?

    - How the words or lines are arranged orordered.


    -Line Break -Stanza


  • Verse – a single line of poetry

    Green eggs and ham,

    “But that is not the entire sentence.”


That is ‘OK’ its done on purpose, its called a:

Line break- the intentional end of a line of poetry

I will not eat them on a boat,

^line break

or on a goat.

In a car,

^line break

near or far.

Stanza a paragraph of poetry
Stanza –a paragraph of poetry

  • Stanza –the lines of poetry after and before a break.

  • Mary had a little lamb, And a little bread and chips.

  • Mary liked lamb,

  • What can you do?

Stanza 1

Stanza 2

Poetic forms or types of poetry
Poetic Forms(or Types of Poetry)

  • Lyrical

  • limerick

  • Free verse

  • Haiku

  • Epitaph


  • – a short poem of personal feelings and emotions

    (Yes, this is the word where lyrics in music got its name)

    How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.I love thee to the depth and breadth and heightMy soul can reach, when feeling out of sightFor the ends of Being and ideal Grace . . .

    by Elizabeth Barret Browning


  • -a short humorous poem consisting of 5 lines

    A macho young swimmer named Dwyer,

    Really liked playing with fire.

    One night in the dark

    He swam with a shark,

    And his voice is now two octaves higher.

Free verse
Free Verse

  • -can be rhymed or unrhymed & has no set pattern or rules.

    (Its entirely up to you!)

    “No Rules?!”


  • - a poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. Usually a Haiku reflects or speaks on an aspect of nature.

    Old dark sleepy pool (5) a quick unexpected frog (7) goes plop! Watersplash. (5)


    Other poems by Basho


  • -written to praise or to reflect on the life of a deceased person.

  • More real epitaphs here


  • Title page – pic from Mr.T’s camera

  • The rest of the pics –from Google Images

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