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Introduction to Poetry Types

What Is Poetry - This section contains a definition of poetry, poetry is... quotes, and other helpful definitions for beginning poets.

Poetry Quotes - An enjoyable collection of famous poetry quotes along with quotes from previous Shadow Poets.

Traditional Poetry Forms - Displays a handful of traditional poetry forms. Most of the definitions have at least one example of each particular type of poetry for better understanding. All examples were provided by previous members of Shadow Poetry or Egroup (when Shadow Poetry was an interactive web site). More definitions for related poetry items may be found in the Shadow Poetry Handbook (link located above).

Invented Poetry Forms - As a bonus, Shadow Poetry feature poetry forms created by selected poets as new and challenging writing styles. Try not only the traditional forms, but some of the rewarding invented formats as well! If you have a poetry form you would like Shadow Poetry to display, please visit the contact page to send us the information (definition, examples, etc.)

Traditional Poetry Forms
  bullet   Acrostic   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

Invented Poetry Forms
  bullet   The 7/5 Trochee   bullet   A L'Arora   bullet   Alliterisen   bullet   The Alouette   bullet   The Blitz Poem
  bullet   The Brevette   bullet   Cascade   bullet   Christ-in-a-Rhyme   bullet   CinqTroisDecaLa   bullet   Clarity Pyramid
  bullet   Constanza   bullet   Con-Verse   bullet   The Compound...   bullet   Decuain   bullet   Diatelle
  bullet   Duo-rhyme   bullet   Epulaeryu   bullet   Essence   bullet   The Florette   bullet   The Florette #2
  bullet   Grá Reformata   bullet   Jeffreys Sonnet   bullet   Joseph's Star   bullet   Harrisham Rhyme   bullet   HexSonnetta
  bullet   Inverted Refrain   bullet   LaCharta   bullet   LaJemme   bullet   La'libertas   bullet   Lannet
  bullet   La'ritmo   bullet   LaíTuin   bullet   Lauranelle   bullet   Lento   bullet   Licentia Rhyme
  bullet   Line Messaging   bullet   Loop Poetry   bullet   Memento   bullet   Mini-monoverse   bullet   The Mirror Sestet
  bullet   Mirrored Refrain   bullet   Monchielle   bullet   Monotetra   bullet   Musette   bullet   Nove Otto
  bullet   Octameter   bullet   Octain Refrain   bullet   Octelle   bullet   Oddquain   bullet   Paradelle
  bullet   Parallelogram...   bullet   The Pictorial   bullet   Pleiades   bullet   Puente   bullet   Quadrilew
  bullet   RemyLa Rhyme   bullet   Rictameter   bullet   Shadow Sonnet   bullet   Spiritís Vessel   bullet   Staccato
  bullet   Swap Quatrain   bullet   Synchronicity   bullet   The Tableau   bullet   Tri-fall   bullet   Trijan Refrain
  bullet   Trilonnet   bullet   Trinet   bullet   Triquain   bullet   Triquatrain   bullet   Triquint
  bullet   Trois-par-Huit   bullet   Trolaan   bullet   Vers Beaucoup   bullet   Villonnet   bullet   Wrapped Refrain
  bullet   Wrapped Refrain #2   bullet   ZaniLa Rhyme      

If you are having trouble finding the perfect rhyme 
or a better word for your poem, visit the RhymeZone.

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