Poetry Styles

(Templates are available by clicking on poetry style names)

A poem where one or more words are written down the left margin with one letter per line, and each letter starts the first word in each line.

Example: Cats

Curl up on my lap

Always land on their feet

Terrific mice catchers

So happy to have one as my pet!

A Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines

of five, seven, and five syllables.

Example: by Basho Matsuo (1644-1694)

An old silent pond ...

A frog jumps into the pond,

splash! Silence again.

Two successive lines of verse, especially that rhyme

and are of the same length.

Example: An excerpt from “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss

I do not like green eggs and ham.

I do not like them Sam I am.

Three successive lines of verse, especially that rhyme

and are of the same length.

Example:

There once was a brown bear

Who went to the county fair

He met his best friend there

A light, humorous poem of five lines with the rhyme scheme of aabba. 

Example: Hickory Dickory Dock by Mother Goose

Hickory dickory dock.

The mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck one,

And down he run.

Hickory dickory dock.

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