I Am Attempting To Write Poems Of All Types


 

Poetry Forms With Definitions

Examples Includes My Try At Poems 

Sonnet - a short rhyming poem with 14 lines.  The original sonnet form was invented in the 13/14th century by Dante and an Italian philosopher named Francisco Petrarch. The form remained largely unknown until it was found and developed by writers such as Shakespeare. Sonnets use iambic meter in each line and use line-ending rhymes.

FOR MORE ABOUT SONNETS, READ HOW TO WRITE A SONNET

Limerick - a five-line witty poem with a distinctive rhythm. The first, second and fifth lines, the longer lines, rhyme. The third and fourth shorter lines rhyme. (A-A-B-B-A).

FOR MORE ABOUT LIMERICKS, READ HOW TO WRITE A LIMERICK ON THE FFP POETRY FORUMS

Haiku - This ancient form of poem writing is renowned for its small size as well as the precise punctuation and syllables needed on its three lines. It is of ancient Asian origin.

Haiku's are composed of 3 lines, each a phrase. The first line typically has 5 syllables, second line has 7 and the 3rd and last line repeats another 5. In addition there is a seasonal reference included.

FOR MORE ABOUT HAIKU, READ HOW TO WRITE A HAIKU

Narrative - A narrative poem tells the story of an event in the form of a poem. There is a strong sense of narration, characters, and plot. It may be dramatic, with objectives and diverse characters. Narrative poetry may be short or long, and the story it relates to may be simple or complex.

SEE ABOUT NARRATIVE POEMS AND EXAMPLES OF FAMOUS NARRATIVE POEMS

Epic - a lengthy narrative poem in grand language celebrating the adventures and accomplishments of a legendary or conventional hero

Couplet - two lines of verse which rhyme and form a unit alone or as part of a poem.

SEE STANZAS - COUPLET, TERCET AND QUATRAIN

Free Verse - A Free Verse Poem does not follow any rules. Their creation is completely in the hands of the author. Rhyming, syllable count, punctuation, number of lines, number of stanzas, and line formation can be done however the author wants in order to convey the idea. There is no right or wrong way to create a Free Verse poem.

SEE FREE VERSE POEM EXAMPLES

Acrostic - An acrostic poem is a poem where the one letter in each line spells out a word or phrase vertically that acts as the theme or message of the poem. The word used for the acrostic can be the name of the person you are writing the acrostic about, a message such as Happy Birthday or a theme such as Acceptance, Love or Hope.

READ MORE ABOUT POETIC FORMS

My Try At Poems are below.

Please do not be to harsh, I am not a poet but have given it a try. 

 

The Goofy And Joyful Best Friend

A Poem by keywebco

Whose best friend is that? I think I know.
Its owner is quite happy though.
Full of joy like a vivid rainbow,
I watch him laugh. I cry hello.

He gives his best friend a shake,
And laughs until her belly aches.
The only other sound's the break,
Of distant waves and birds awake.

The best friend is goofy, joyful and deep,
But he has promises to keep,
After cake and lots of sleep.
Sweet dreams come to him cheap.

He rises from his gentle bed,
With thoughts of kittens in his head,
He eats his jam with lots of bread.
Ready for the day ahead.

Free verse by Keywebco


Pay attention to the parody,
the parody is the most witty mimicry of all.
Does the parody make you shiver?
does it?

The comic that's really marvelous,
Above all others is the comedienne.
Now wonderful is just the thing,
To get me wondering if the comedienne is miraculous.

Pay attention to the clowning,
the clowning is the most big foolery of all.
Never forget the elder and bountiful clowning.

Jokes are silly amusement.
silly amusement are jokes.
Now hirsute is just the thing,
To get me wondering if jokes are wooly-minded.

One afternoon I said to myself,
"Why aren't skits more unhumorous?"
Never forget the tragicomical and hilarious skits.

Pay attention to the joke,
the joke is the most clever humour of all.
Now intelligent is just the thing,
To get me wondering if the joke is cagey.

Pencil - A Haiku

by Keywebco

Light good afternoon
A sarcastic pencil hoots
watching the biscuit

Alliteration ideas for: 'While I nodded nearly sleeping'

by Keywebco

The Synonym Method

We looked for synonyms for some of the words in your phrase to see if any of them were alliterative.

While I nodded nearly sleeping
While I nodded nearly napping
swapping sleeping for napping

While I nodded nearly sleeping
While I nodded well-nigh sleeping
swapping nearly for well-nigh

While I nodded nearly sleeping
While I nodded intimately sleeping
swapping nearly for intimately

Swan - A Didactic Cinquain

by Keywebco

Swan
Brilliant, funny
Asserting, roaming, drifting
Ever so wandering
Wander

The Politician and the Dancer

Rhyming Couplet Ideas by Keywebco

See the running of the politician,
I think he's angry at the definition.

He finds it hard to see the kitten,
Overshadowed by the attractive whitton.

Who is that roaring near the tiger?
I think she'd like to eat the kreiger.

She is but a jolly dancer,
Admired as she sits upon an endometrial cancer.

Her warm car is just an ace,
It needs no gas, it runs on disgrace.

She's not alone she brings a pencil,
a pet owl, and lots of hensel.

The owl likes to chase a tissue,
Especially one that's in the new.

The politician shudders at the playful lake
He want to leave but she wants the king snake.

 

Ode to the Owl

A Sonnet by Keywebco

My sunny owl, you inspire me to write.
How I love the way you call, feed and fly,
Invading my mind day and through the night,
Always dreaming about the right magpie.

Let me compare you to a brainy mill?
You are more special, especial and clear.
Smooth rains flood the humped fields of April,
And the springtime has the weak pioneer.

How do I love you? Let me count the ways.
I love your brilliant eyes, wings and claws.
Thinking of your grainy wings fills my days.
My love for you is the specific coz.

Now I must away with a rainy heart,
Remember my sheer words whilst we're apart.

 

Tony's Torment - The Villanelle Of The Show

A Villanelle by Keywebco

Tony couldn't stop thinking about the show
It was just so jolly and zany
Never had he known anything so apropos

That morning, Tony was shocked by the snow
He found himself feeling rather bahraini
Tony couldn't stop thinking about the show

Later, Tony was spooked by a grow
He tried to focus on an allegheny
Never had he known anything so apropos

Rick said Tony was obsessing too so
Said his mind had become too rainy
Tony couldn't stop thinking about the show

Tony took action like a mow
The show was like a toxic haynie
Never had he known anything so apropos

Tony declined though
His mind became dangerously brainy
Tony couldn't stop thinking about the show
Never had he known anything so apropos

 

A Man Called Paul

A Limerick by Keywebco

There once was a man from devon.
He said, "See the vault of heaven!"
It was quite century,
But not penitentiary,
He couldn't resist the villanueva in.

An Acrostic by Keywebco

Clean milkers sleet.

Open heifers sweep.

White heifers oink.

Star thistles surprise.

 

Big, Orange Leaf

Above
Big, Orange Leaf
presented as an image

Big, Orange Leaf

A Concrete Poem

Presented as text

                                                         
                      very pink                          
                   positively pink                       
                  all instructional                      
                 great, pretty, epic                     
                very terrible without                    
                out the  mind  so pink         so big    
               cauldron  mind   roaring       very pink  
               out the    ego     jolly      rather pink 
               roaring    mind     jolly    all terrible 
    mind       out the    jolly    jolly   cauldron      
  cauldron     spectre  dire, epic, dread very pink      
 all orange    ever so fearsome hat loping, blindly      
very terrible  pretty, epic, gay dire, pretty, epic      
positively instructional   ego   dire, pretty, epic      
      pretty, nice, dread       dire, colored, high      
       severe lid, nice cauldron, instructional ego      
       severe hat, fine cauldron, instructional self     
       dire lid, idyllic cauldron, instructional ego     
        instructional self booming, all of a sudden      
        ever so atrocious lid ponying, blindly           
        ever so horrific lid ponying, blindly            
        its frightening lid trotting, blindly            
         ever so awful lid ponying, blindly              
                severe hat loping, blindly               
                  positively instructional               
                    beautiful, epic, high                
                    beautiful, epic, high                
                     beautiful, epic, gay                
                     great, pretty, epic                 
                     dire, epic, idyllic                 
                     extremely terrible                  
                    pretty, nice, high                   
       its wicked hat loping, blindly                    
    its direful hat loping, blindly                      
   abominable lid ponying, blindly                       
  fearsome hat ponying, blindly                          
 so big      quite ornamental                            
  ego           very pink                                
                                                         

 

Thanks to Datamuse, whose word engine was used to complete the poem.

For My Tall Kitten

A Love Poem by Keywebco

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Spires are tall,
And so are you.

Orchids are white,
Ghost ones are rare,
Arms are wiry,
And so is your hair.

Magnolia grows,
With buds like eggs,
Pink is pale,
And so are your legs.

Sunflowers reach,
Up to the skies,
Victims are innocent,
And so are your eyes.

Foxgloves in hedges,
Surround the farms,
A neck is slender,
And so are your arms.

Daisies are pretty,
Daffies have style,
Days are warm,
And so is your smile.

A kitten is beautiful,
Just like you.

Tips:

Even if you’ve never written a poem in your life, these should help you get started. And, if you’re already a poet, who knows? You might still find something here to help you improve your work.

Read poetry, especially the good stuff. The masters are a good place to start: Shakespeare, Keats, Dickinson, Frost, Blake, etc. Figure out what kind/style you like, and read a lot of it. Seriously, the best way to learn how to write is to read.

It doesn’t have to rhyme. You already know this if you read poetry (and if you don’t read poetry, go read some). Free verse can be very powerful, but I would recommend learning some forms to get a strong foundation in the “rules” before you start breaking them.

It does have to have some kind of rhythm. Yes, even free verse. It doesn’t have to be iambic or trochaic or whatever, but it does need a kind of musicality. Otherwise, it’s just a prose passage broken up into weird lines. Read it out loud if you’re having trouble “hearing” it.

Rhyme should not prevail over meaning. Nothing makes a poem sound more awkward and amateur than a word that was obviously used solely for how it rhymes. If you’re writing a rhyming poem, and you can’t find a rhyme that works, go for a near rhyme, or rewrite the line you’re trying to rhyme to. Meaning always always trumps rhyme.

Try different forms. Don’t get stuck in a rut of always writing the same form. Challenge yourself to stretch and grow. Resources like Shadow Poetry can help you find new forms to try.

Keep writing. The more you write, the better your poems will be. As in everything, practice makes you better. And don’t get discouraged if your earlier attempts are not as good as you hope; keep writing — you will get better.

The first completed draft of your poem is only the beginning. Poets often go through several drafts of a poem before considering the work “done.”

To revise:

  • Put your poem away for a few days, and then come back to it. When you re-read it, does anything seem confusing? Hard to follow? Do you see anything that needs improvement that you overlooked the first time? Often, when you are in the act of writing, you may leave out important details because you are so familiar with the topic. Re-reading a poem helps you to see it from the “outsider’s perspective” of a reader.
  • Show your poem to others and ask for criticism. Don’t be content with a response like, “That’s a nice poem.” You won’t learn anything from that kind of response. Instead, find people who will tell you specific things you need to improve in your poem. 

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