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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.

         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.

Examples of a Ballad

         BLANK VERSE

Examples of Blank Verse

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

Examples of a Couplet


Example of Epic


        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.