Writing Three Different Kinds of Poetry


We want to inspire you to write all different kinds of poetry!




In this post we'll briefly summarize three different forms of writing poetry in hopes that you would feel inspired to write other kinds of poetry, maybe even realize that what you thought you wouldn't be so good at writing, you in fact actually are :-) We've given a few examples of poems that fit these forms in trying t illuminate how each one is different.
Please note: Normally when talking about songs we'd say that are stanzas a single line, and a verse is a section (a collection of several stanzas). In poetry it is vice versa, which can be a little confusing :-/
Here are three different types of poems to write:
1. Lyric Poetry

A lyric poem can rhyme in different ways. For example an ode is a lyric poem with an elaborate stanza pattern where the last word in the verse rhymes with the last word on another verse line. A sonnet is a lyric poem consisting of 14 lines and is usually written in iambic pentameter. There are even different kinds of sonnets :-) like the Italian and the Shakespearean. In organizing your poem, it might help to write more rhymes in getting a good idea on how to word your verses. This age-old ode shows some of the beauty that lies in the rhyming structure of these kinds of poems:

To His Young Mistress
by Pierre de Ronsard

...If you have pity, child, give o'er,

Give back the heart you stole from me,
Pirate, setting so little store
On this your captive from Love’s sea,
Holding his misery for gain,
And making pleasure of his pain.

Another, not so fair of face,

But far more pitiful than you,
Would take my heart, if of his grace,
My heart would give her of Love’s due;
And she shall have it, since I find
That you are cruel and unkind.




2. Narrative Poetry

A narrative poem tells a story, and so its structure resembles the plot line of a story too. These kinds of poems are often written in stanzas of varying length. One example would be the ballad: it's a classic narrative poem with a rhythm all its own. Because of this, ballads can be sung! There are also epic narratives, which are poems recounting the deeds of a legendary or historical heroes. A more modern example comes from Robert Frost and shows us just how much room for creativity there is in writing narrative poetry:


The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


3.  Descriptive Poetry

A descriptive poem is characterized by the fact that it has no action, but rather it describes the world that surrounding the speaker, using imagery and adjectives. Descriptive poems focus more on the outside, the moment, me too! That feeling. Like the other CM)The descriptive poem can omit verbs or phrases together in new and surprising ways:

Summer Shower 

by Emily Dickinson


A drop fell on the apple tree, 

Another on the roof; 

A half a dozen kissed the eaves, 

And made the gables laugh. 


A few went out to help the brook, 

That went to help the sea. 

Myself conjectured, Were they pearls, 

What necklaces could be! 


The dust replaced in hoisted roads, 

The birds jocoser sung; 

The sunshine threw his hat away, 

The orchards spangles hung. 


The breezes brought dejected lutes, 

And bathed them in the glee; 

The East put out a single flag, 

And signed the fete away.


Happy poetry-writing, everyone! We hope to see more of these three forms of poems on Movellas, and maybe even also submitted to our poetry competition?

We hope you have been inspired by the blog! Happy poem-writing :-)


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