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Types of poem

ballad

noun

a long poem that tells a story

blank verse

noun

a type of poetry that has a regular pattern of sounds but does not have lines that rhyme

cycle

noun

a set of poems, songs, or pieces of music on a particular subject

ditty

noun

a short simple song or poem

doggerel

noun

bad poetry, or poetry that is intended to be funny rather than serious

elegy

noun

a poem or other piece of writing expressing sadness, usually about someone’s death

epic

noun

a long poem that tells a story about ancient people and gods

epic

adjective

relating to the writing of epics

epigram

noun

a short poem or sentence that expresses something such as a feeling or idea in a short and clever or funny way

free verse

noun

a type of poetry that does not have a regular rhythm or rhyme

haiku

noun

a short poem written in a traditional Japanese style

lament

noun

a song, poem, piece of music etc in which sadness is expressed about a death or loss

lay

noun

a poem or song

limerick

noun

a humorous poem with five lines

lyric

noun

a short poem that expresses feelings in a direct way, like a song

nursery rhyme

noun

a short poem or song for young children

ode

noun

a poem written for or about a particular person, thing, or event

poem

noun

a piece of writing using beautiful or unusual language arranged in fixed lines that have a particular beat and often rhyme

psalm

noun

a song or poem that praises God, especially one from the Book of Psalms in the Bible

rhyme

noun

a short poem, often for children, that has lines ending in the same sound

rime

noun

an old spelling of ‘rhyme’

sonnet

noun

a type of poem with 14 lines and regular rhymes

threnody

noun

a sad poem, speech, or song

verse

noun

poetry, especially poetry with a regular pattern

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