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Traditional Poetry Forms:

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  bullet   Ballad
  bullet   Cinquain
  bullet   Clerihew
  bullet   Diamante
  bullet   Didactic
  bullet   Epic
  bullet   Epigram
  bullet   Epitaph
  bullet   Etheree
  bullet   Fable
  bullet   Free Verse
  bullet   Ghazal
  bullet   Haiku
  bullet   Katauta
  bullet   Kyrielle
  bullet   Kyrielle Sonnet
  bullet   Lanturne
  bullet   Limerick
  bullet   Minute Poetry
  bullet   Monody
  bullet   Monorhyme
  bullet   Naani
  bullet   Nonet
  bullet   Ode
  bullet   Ottava Rima
  bullet   Palindrome
  bullet   Pantoum
  bullet   Quatern
  bullet   Quatrain
  bullet   Quinzaine
  bullet   Rispetto
  bullet   Rondeau
  bullet   Rondel
  bullet   Rondelet
  bullet   Sedoka
  bullet   Senryu
  bullet   Septolet
  bullet   Sestina
  bullet   Shape Poetry
  bullet   Song
  bullet   Sonnet
  bullet   Tanka
  bullet   Terza Rima
  bullet   Terzanelle
  bullet   Tetractys
  bullet   Tongue Twister
  bullet   Triolet
  bullet   Tyburn
  bullet   Villanelle

Free Verse

Free Verse is an irregular form of poetry in which the content free of traditional rules of versification, (freedom from fixed meter or rhyme).

In moving from line to line, the poet's main consideration is where to insert line breaks. Some ways of doing this include breaking the line where there is a natural pause or at a point of suspense for the reader.

Following the direction of Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound and T.S.Eliot, many modern day poets use this particular form of expression.

Example #1:
Ode to Job

Job came down
in a
woosh, outstretched
and gliding into the horizon.
Blue shadowed
arrested by
the beckoning marsh.
His greatness bears
yet not
the anguish of ancient
Situated grievances weigh
on this long,
strong back.  Unconscious
numbs while
time drifts out
sun salted

Copyright  2001 Lachlan Ivy

Example #2:

this house,
its bones creak
like mine
with each step,
from here
to there,
and back
no matter
the hour,
it, me,
our bones
become one
with life,
as we both
the same.

Copyright  2006 Marie Summers

Example #3:
Moon Shadows

It wasn't the flickering
of candlelight 
that seduced me
into the silence
of night
where darkness
existed only
where the moon shadows 
dared to settle.
It was the fluttering
of wetness, 
a butterfly's wing
upon my tongue
that made my body
ache and chill
at the very same 
awakening the need,
my need,
for more.

Copyright  2005 Marie Summers

Example #4:

The light in your eyes
has grown dim
with the autumn sun,
and your touch
has become dry
like that of a fallen
October leaf.
The light dies earlier
with each passing day,
and our conversations
also drift silently away
into the twilight
with only regret
clinging to our lips.
It comes to question
with the weeks that pass
whether the season
will grow ever colder
with the falling of snow,
or if the flakes will cleanse
the bitterness in our souls.

Copyright  2006 Marie Summers

Example #5:
Midnight Kiss
New Year's Eve
and my unwritten poems 
are tucked tightly 
under their covers, 
asleep in my head.
I tried waking one
with a midnight kiss,
and it sleepily revealed
several lines to me
with a deep yawn.
Come morning,
I went to pen down
the words awakened
in the fashion of a fairytale,
a masterpiece waiting
to be polished but . . .
alas, they were lost,
trapped in the beginning
of a dream titled
"Last Year."
Copyright  2006 Marie Summers

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