Kinds of Poems

Millcrest Academy 1999 

Table of Contents

SubProject No. 1
What is Poetry?

SubProject No. 2
Poetry Vocabulary

SubProject No. 3
Poetry Devices

SubProject No. 4
The Rhyme Scheme

SubProject No. 5
Kinds of Poetry

SubProject No. 6
Practice Activities

SubProject No. 7

SubProject No. 8
Local Poets in GFW

SubProject No. 9
Newfoundland Poets

SubProject No. 10
Poet Biography Page

SubProject No. 11
Kidz Poetry Page

SubProject No. 12
Fun Poetry Activities

Opening Page


The following is a list of poetry types and styles that we have learned about, used and discovered through many different sources.  Each different type will share an example.

ACROSTIC POEM: A poem in which the first letters of each line form a word or message relating to the subject.

BALLAD:  A narrative poem which is, or originally was, meant to be sung. Ballads are the narrative species of folk songs, which originate, and are communicated orally.   The narrator begins with the climactic episode, tells the story by means of action and dialogue, and tells it without self-reference or the expression of personal attitudes or feelings.


CINQUAIN: A poetic form invented by Adelaid Crapsey, an American poet. The five lines of the poem contain, in order, two, four, six, eight, and two syllables. Iambic meter

CHORUS: Among the ancient Greeks the chorus was a group of people, wearing masks, who sang or chanted verse while performing dancelike maneuvers at religious festivals. Choruses also served as commentators on the characters and events who expressed traditional moral, religious and social attitudes. During the Elizabethan Age the term "chorus" was applied to a single person who spoke the prologue and epilogue to a play and sometimes introduced each at as well.

COUPLET: Two successive lines of poetry with end-words that rhyme.



FREE VERSE: A fluid form of poetry which conforms to no set rules

HAIKU: A Japanese form of poetry, which gives a brief description of nature. Haiku consists of three unrhymed lines of five, seven and five syllables.


LIMERICK: A light or humorous verse form of five lines in which lines one, two and five are of three feet and lines three and four are of two feet, with a rhyme scheme of aabba.

NURSERY RHYME: A short poem for children written in rhyming verse and handed down in folklore.