While rhyming is by no means the be-all and end-all of poetry, many writers and readers find well executed rhymes to be a pleasing quality in poetic writing. Yet, there are also huge, passionate groups who are […]
A Kimo is a short, haiku-like poem, originating in Israel.
The haiku has spread all over the world, and in turn it has been adapted by different cultures to suit their needs and means of expression. In […]
A Monostich is a single-line poem which expresses a complete thought.
Single-line poetry has existed in some variation for a long while, however it is perhaps in Russia that we find the first examples of […]
Ae Freislighe is an Irish form of poetry—a family of poetic types rooted in the history of Ireland.
Until the 5th Century, the only written form of Irish was Ogham, and the alphabet was mostly known f […]
The Burns Stanza is a form of poetry made famous by Scottish poet Robert Burns, and used in many of his poems.
While the Burns Stanza is named after Robert Burns, it was not invented by him. Originally, […]
The Décima is a Spanish form of poetry, though the term is also used to describe stanzas of ten lines.
There are several forms of poetry referred to as Décima, though the term originally referred to a […]
Pyo is a form of poetry from Burma, which is now Myanmar, that originated in monasteries.
The Pyo was originally developed in Buddhist monasteries, and the earliest written poetry in the Burmese language […]
Free Verse, also known as Blank Verse, is a form of poetry that is defined by its lack of form.
It may be fair to say that as long as there has been poetry, there has been Free Verse. Early examples can […]
The Sestina is a form of poetry built upon the number six: six stanzas of six lines each.
The creation of the Sestina is usually attributed to Arnaut Daniel, a troubadour in the 12th Century, lauded by […]
The Bush Ballad is a style of folk music and poetry, celebrating life in rural Australia, with a focus on simple rhymes and driven by narrative.
The Bush Ballad first emerged in Australia when English […]
The Eintou is a form which relies on syllable counts, much like the Haiku, but with more room for ideas.
The Eintou is a distinctively African-American form of poetry. The name itself is West African for […]