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Invented Forms of Poetry

Invented Forms of Poetry

Invented Forms of Poetry

Don’t be afraid to try something new the next time you sit down to write a poem. The invented forms of poetry that follow will help you get started.

Alphabet Poetry A form of poetry that states a creative or humorous

idea using part of the alphabet.

Hot dogs on buns.

I Love them!

Just drizzLe with a LittLe

Ketchup, and they’ve

Left for

My tummy!

—Emily Trapp

Clerihew Poetry A form of humorous or light verse created by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. A clerihew poem consists of two rhyming couplets.

The name of some well-known person creates one of the rhymes.

Edmund Clerihew Bentley

Brooded intently

On many a foible

He thus made enjoyable.

—Colin Burke

Concrete Poetry A form of poetry in which the shape or design helps express the meaning or feeling of the poem.

PEAKS                   LIFE!

   VALLEYS

Contrast Couplet A couplet in which the first line includes two words that are opposites. The second line makes a comment about the first.

Some hours are too short, and some are too long.

I wonder who it was that made the clocks all wrong.

—L. Winfred Smith

Definition Poetry Poetry that defines a word or an idea creatively.

Temptation—

the modern Pied Piper,

calling, willing, drawing

the soul resisting, the brain relenting.

—Kristin Mueller

List Poetry A form of poetry that lists words or phrases.

ROOMS

There are rooms to start up in

Rooms to start out in

Rooms to start over in

Rooms to lie in

Rooms to lie about in

Rooms to lay away in

—Ray Griffith

Name Poetry A form of poetry in which the letters of a name are used to begin each line in the poem.

Amazing

Silly

Happy

Loud

Even though she’s only two, she can still say “I Love

You!”

—Roman Leykin

Phrase Poetry * A form of poetry that states an idea with a list of phrases.

Across the icy, frozen pond

On a turn

On a jump

Into the air

Down again

For the win

With a radiant smile.

—All.ison Bannerman

Terse Verse A form of humorous verse made up of two words that rhyme and have the same number of syllables.

CLOCK POEM         WILTED FLOWER         TARDY VISITOR

Time             Floppy                 Late

Rhyme             Poppy                 Date

—Katheryn Smith

Title-down Poetry A form of poetry in which the letters that spell the subject of the poem are used to begin each line.

Cuddled in my         Flits around my head.

Arms, purring as I         Lands on my nose. Makes me

Tickle its fur.             Yell!

—Candace Smith