Poetry is one of the largest genres of literature. Some people find it boring or too hard to write, but most people don't recognize the vast types of poetry that exist. There are many different types of poetry from, rhyming and non rhyming to three lines haikus to page long epics. No matter what type of poetry, there is some type of poetry for everyone. Poetry can be easily used to express emotions, tell a story, or just express a burst of creativity. Here are just some of the basics for those who want to start writing poetry.
is what most people think of poetry when you sat the word poetry, most of them go by the rhyme scheme
of ABAB. Other types of rhyme schemes include couplets which are paired
lines that rhyme (ex: AA BB CC). Rhyming seems easy enough to do,
especially with websites like RhymeZone.com easily accessible, but the
problem most people face is writing forced rhymes. Forces rhymes occur
when your writing a poem with a particular rhyme scheme and struggle to
find a word that fits, so you make an awkward phrase in order to include
a rhyming word Forced rhymes never sound good, so if you're not the
kind of person that likes rhyming, then go with a different type of
With free verse poems, you basically have
all of the freedom you want while writing. There's no specific rhyme
scheme you have to follow, it can have as many lines as you want, and
the lines can be as long or as short as you want. The only thing with
free verse poetry you need to watch out for is rhythm. Even if the poem
doesn't have to rhyme, it is still important to make sure the words flow
well. Avoid mixing long and short lines, keep all of your lines around
the same length, and read it out loud to make sure it flows well.
are one of the simplest and easiest types of poetry to write. Haikus
are three lined poems with a five syllable line, followed by a seven
syllable line, and then another five syllable line. Haikus don't have to
rhyme and can be about anything you want them to be, but most are
usually about nature. They usually don't take long to write, and once
you get started, before you know it you have a whole page full of
Sonnets are one of the more difficult and
complicated poems to write. They have a very strict rhyme scheme and
number of lines. All sonnets must have 14 lines and follow the rhyme
scheme of ABAB CDCD EFEF GG. Although they are more complicated to
write, it doesn't mean they are impossible or hard to do. People who
excel at writing poems with rhyme schemes will find sonnets easier to
write then people who prefer free verse.
Here are just some basic
forms of poetry, and are by all means not the only kinds. Overall with
poetry, you really have the freedom to write whatever you want. The
different types of poems are so vast, it's not hard to find something
you like writing. So the next time you pick up a pen or get in the
writing mood, try writing poetry for a chance, and don't be scared. You
might discover a new talent!
What's your favorite type of poetry? Let us know in the comments section down below!