Connor Sansby

  • The Eintou is a form which relies on syllable counts, much like the Haiku, but with more room for ideas.
    History
    The Eintou is a distinctively African-American form of poetry. The name itself is West African for […]

  • Daina is a short form of poetry that shares much in common with Haiku.
    History
    The roots of the Daina lie in 10th Century Latvia. Originally folk songs, the form of Daina is still full of traditional European […]

  • The Ballata is an Italian form of poetry that was popular in the 13th to 15th Century.
    History
    It is an understatement to say that Italy is a religious country. Because of this, Italian poetry has often tilted […]

  • The Clerihew is a whimsical form of poetry, named after its inventor.

    History
    The Clerihew owes its name to its inventor, noted English novelist E. C. Bentley, who conceived the form as a 16-year-old student […]

  • Pathya Vat is a simple form of poetry that originates from Cambodia.
    History
    Until the 19th Century, most Cambodian records were written on Tra leaves and wrapped in cloth to protect them from the jungle […]

  • A Found Poem is one in which the words come from a source and are given new context by a poet.

    History
    The idea of Found Poetry is highly correlated to the idea of ownership. This concept was explored by the […]

  • Abstract is a term used to describe poetry where the aural quality is of equal or greater importance than the meaning.

    History
    The term abstract poetry came into use in the 1920s, when English poet Dame Edith […]

  • A Canto is a subdivision of a longer poem, standing as a solo work or serving the whole.

    History

    The term Canto comes to English usage through Italian, from cantus, meaning song.

    When the Canto first […]

  • An Elegy is a form of poetry used to mourn and reflect.
    History
    The term ‘Elegy’ comes from the Greek ‘Elegos’ meaning ‘lament.’ Originally, it referred to any verse written in Elegiac couplets, a form of str […]

  • A Rondeau is a form of lyrical poetry with a number of variants, built around a central refrain.

    History

    The Rondeau first emerged in France during the 13th Century. Along with the Ballade and Virelai, it is […]

  • A concrete poem is a form of written poetry in which the words form a shape.

    History

    Although the term “concrete poetry” is a relatively modern creation, poetry formed into shapes on the page has been a tre […]

  • An Ode is a form of lyrical verse, celebrating or glorifying an event or person.
    History
    The origins of the Ode lie with the Ancient Greeks, where the Pindaric Ode was used to celebrate athletic victories. These […]

  • List poetry refers to poems written as lists. This can be in full sentences or as single words.
    History
    List poetry, sometimes known as catalogue verse, isn’t really a form as such but it is widely-used. I […]

  • Megan Garrett-Jones is a performance artist and poet who, along with running Things With Words, hosts a radio show for Ramsgate Music Hall and is a regular performer in both poetry and theatre. In this interview […]

  • Slam Poetry refers to poems written to be performed in Slams, or in the style of that poetry.
    History
    Poetry Slams first originated in Chicago at Get Me High Lounge in 1984, when poet Marc Smith began running […]

  • I find this world limiting.
    Two dimensional.
    the ripples
    of a stone of the surface
    as
    a pebble moves through water.

    I like to watch people
    in restaurants,
    when they think they’re alone.
    Have you e […]

  • The Rubáiyát is a Persian form of poetry built upon quatrains.
    History
    The Rubáiyát form refers to a string of Ruba’i, an Arabic word meaning ‘four,’ with Rubáiyát being the plural. This form was first devel […]

  • The Limerick is a popular form of poetry, often with a humorous, cheeky sensibility.

    History

    The history of the Limerick is mysterious, though there are a few ideological threads that bind any origin […]

  • The Gogyohka is a recent form of poetry, inspired by Asian forms such as the Tanka.
    History
    While much is made of the history of Eastern forms of poetry, the Gogyohka has only been formalised since 1983, when it […]

  • Bang on – The success of a poet is more often down to their attitude and work ethic, than raw talent.

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