TYPES OF POETRY
Ballad is a poem that tells a story similar to a folk tale or legend which often has repeated lines. It is often sung or recited.
This type of poem is usually two lines which may or may not have a rhyme scheme.
Elegy is a sad and thoughtful poem about the death of an individual; a poem of lamentation.
It is a mournful poem or a piece of music usually sung or chanted as a memorial to a dead person.
Lyric is a poem that expresses the thoughts and feelings of the poet usually sung. Many songs are written using this type of writing.
Narrative poem is a type of poem that tells a story.
Epic is a long narrative poem, a serious poem that tells the story about a heroic figure. It celebrates the feats of a deity or demigod or other legendary or traditional hero.
This type of poem is a short, ironic, witty poem usually written as a brief couplet or quatrain.
It is a commemorative inscription on a tomb or gravestone written to praise the deceased.
This is a type of poem that soothes children and lulls them to sleep. It is also known as cradle song.
Quatrain is a stanza or poem consisting of four lines. Lines 2 and 4 must rhyme while having a similar number of syllables.
Sonnet is a lyrical poem that consists of fourteen lines which usually have one or more rhyme schemes.