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  2. Examples of poetry in this category include: allegory - a narrative poem that uses an extended metaphor to make a point ballad - narrative poetry set to music burlesque - a mock-epic poem that tells an ordinary story in a melodramatic way epic - a lengthy poem that tells a story of heroic adventures

  3. "This is Marriage" by Marianne Moore is a great example of free verse poetry. It demonstrates the lack of pattern and freedom of thought. "This institution, perhaps one should say enterprise out of respect for which one says one need not change one's mind about a thing one has believed in, requiring public promises of one's intention

    • The Raven. by Edgar Allan Poe. “Once upon a midnight dreary, While I pondered, weak and weary,”
    • Ozymandias. by Percy Bysshe Shelley. “I met a traveler from an antique land. Who said: 'Two vast and trunkless legs of stone”
    • The Road Not Taken. by Robert Frost. “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both”
    • Annabel Lee. by Edgar Allan Poe. “It was many and many a year ago, In a kingdom by the sea,”
    • I. What Is Poetry?
    • II. Examples and Explanation
    • III. The Importance of Poetry
    • IV. Examples in of Poetry Literature
    • v. Examples of Poetry in Popular Culture
    • VI. Related Terms

    Poetry is a type of literature based on the interplay of words and rhythm. It often employs rhyme and meter(a set of rules governing the number and arrangement of syllables in each line). In poetry, words are strung together to form sounds, images, and ideas that might be too complex or abstract to describe directly. Poetry was once written accordi...

    Example 1

    Of all creatures that breathe and move upon the earth, nothing is bred that is weaker than man. (Homer, The Odyssey) The Greek poet Homer wrote some of the ancient world’s most famous literature. He wrote in a style called epic poetry, which deals with gods, heroes, monsters, and other large-scale “epic” themes. Homer’s long poems tell stories of Greek heroes like Achilles and Odysseus, and have inspired countless generations of poets, novelists, and philosophers alike.

    Example 2

    Poetry gives powerful insight into the cultures that create it. Because of this, fantasy and science fiction authors often create poetry for their invented cultures. J.R.R. Tolkien famously wrote different kinds of poetry for elves, dwarves, hobbits, and humans, and the rhythms and subject matter of their poetry was supposed to show how these races differed from one another. In a more humorous vein, many Star Trek fans have taken to writing love poetry in the invented Klingon language.

    Poetry is probably the oldest form of literature, and probably predates the origin of writing itself. The oldest written manuscripts we have are poems, mostly epic poems telling the stories of ancient mythology. Examples include the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Vedas (sacred texts of Hinduism). This style of writing may have developed to help people m...

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    This is an excerpt from Joyce Kilmer’s famous short poem. The poem employs a fairly standard rhyme scheme (AABB, lines 1 and 2 rhymes together and lines 3 and 4 rhymes together), and a meter called “iambic tetrameter,” which is commonly employed in children’s rhymes.

    Example 2

    These are the first few lines of Howl, one of the most famous examples of modern “free verse” poetry. It has no rhyme, and no particular meter. But its words still have a distinct, rhythmic quality, and the line breaks encapsulate the meaning of the poem. Notice how the last word of each line contributes to the imagery of a corrupt, ravaged city (“madness, naked, smoking”), with one exception: “heavenly.” This powerful juxtaposition goes to the heart of Ginsburg’s intent in writing the poem –...

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    This poem by the Japanese poet Basho is a haiku. This highly influential Japanese style has no rhymes, but it does have a very specific meter – five syllables in the first line, seven in the second line, and five in the third line.

    Example 1

    Rapping originated as a kind of performance poetry. In the 1960s and 70s, spoken word artists like Gil Scott-Heron began performing their poems over live or synthesized drumbeats, a practice that sparked all of modern hip hop. Even earlier, the beat poets of the 1950s sometimes employed drums in their readings.

    Example 2

    Some of the most famous historical poems have been turned into movies or inspired episodes of television shows. Beowulf, for example, is an Anglo-Saxon epic poem that has spawned at least 8 film adaptations, most recently a 2007 animated film starring Angelina Jolie and Anthony Hopkins. Edgar Allen Poe’s The Ravenhas also inspired many pop culture spinoffs with its famous line, “Nevermore.”


    Nearly all poems are written in verse – that is, they have line breaks and meter (rhythm). But verse is also used in other areas of literature. For example, Shakespeare’s characters often speak in verse. Their dialogue is separated into rhythmic lines just like a song, but they are supposed to be speaking normally.

  4. Below is ‘Mending Walls’ by Robert Frost which is an example of a Blank verse poem. “ Some thing there is that does n’t love a wall. That sends the fro zen- ground -swell un der it, And spills the up per boul ders in the sun ;” Note that this poem has no rhyme scheme and follows iambic pentameter. The stressed syllables are marked in bold. Cinquain

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