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Defining Poetry

Updated on May 1, 2011

Defining Poetry

Before you begin to name certain types of poetry, you must first define poetry so that the person reading it clearly understands what the meaning is. I personally love poetry and not only do I read it , I often pick up a pen and write it. Poetry expresses different types of emotion and is a piece of literature written by a poet in either meter or verse. You say to yourself what is a meter or verse? My definition will explain to you the meaning of what we are discussing.

A "Meter" is defined as an exact arangement of syllables arranged in repeated patterns called feet within a line. These are regular rhythms of language in which the accents occur at equal intervals in time. Each meter that is repeated is called a foot.

A "Verse" is simply a single line of metrical poetry.

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Structure of Poetry

Poetry has a structure which is used in poem verses and consists of elements which include, couplet, strophe and stanza. Poets combine language and structure to create there masterpiece.

5 Types of Poetry

Although there are many types of Poetry and there are a vast amount of writers of poetry , the list I am about to give does not even touch the many types that are out there. This is only a small compilation and are my five favorites that I have enjoyed through the years.

Limericks: Limericks are short humorous poems that always consist of 5 lines. "Edward Lear" a famous Limerick writer was well known for some of these. If you choose to read some of his humor my recommendation is as there you will get your belly full with his writings.

Romanticism: John Keats and Lord Byron two of my favorites wrote this type of poetry in the early 18th and 19th centuries. Absolutely beautiful and thought through as these gentleman were apparently a ladies' man of there time. On the internet you will find there biographies as well as some of there most famous writings. and for the famous Lord Byron you can go to if you wish to read a romantic verse or two.

Rhymes: Rhymes are a type of poem which has repetition of the same similiar sounds for example, "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall," Humpty Dumpty had a great fall" . This technique is simple and has been used in many nursery rhymes throughout the centuries.

ABC Poems: An ABC Poem has a series of lines that create a mood,picture or feeling, the lines are made up of the words that begin with the alphabet. First Line" A" second Line "B" etc. they are easy to write and compose and they can consist of an array of feelings and emotions.

Sonnets: Sonnets are lyric poems that are 14 lines long falling into there coordinated quatrains and a concluding couplet at which all who loves poetry is quite familiar with Shakespeare and his writings.


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    • AEvans profile image

      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      sonison: Thank you so much! I honestly forgot about this one. :)

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      sonison 5 years ago

      Good job. This was good compilation.

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      kathryn1000 7 years ago from London

      Thank you,

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      Ben Evans 7 years ago

      That is a very nice definition of poetry and would be a good reference for those who are starting to write poetry.

      I hope all is well with you.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      PearlDiver: Your poetry is beautiful! read your series, I was mesmerized by the words and you certainly do not have any dilemmas. You are a true poet. :)

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      Rob Welsh 7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hello there J

      I just sent you an email to see if you could solve a poetry issue with my work. Thanks for sharing this hub, it has gone someway to explaining to me what I have been doing lately (I think) lol. Take care.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      cupid51: You are welcome and your poetry that you have written is absolutely beautiful, you are doing a great job! :)

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      cupid51 8 years ago from INDIA

      I love reading and writing. Poetry is my all time favorite. I was occasionally writing since I was in middle school but of course not in English. I am an ESL writer and trying to write poetry in English in HP as I found that there are a lot of good writers as well as readers here who might encourage me and help me in enhancing my writing skill. I found a lot of vital information in this hub which might help an ESL writer like me. Thank you very much AEvans for sharing this.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Moulik: All of us learn something always from each other, it took me awhile to find this one it is always nice to reflect on a hub written long ago. Thank you for appreciating. :)

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      Moulik Mistry 8 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

      Very interesting article - I learned a few things about poetry...

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      heart4the word: I do love poetry and you have a very keen eye , not many have noitced the heart in the pic so you certainly do look deeply into everything. I am so glad that you came by and commented. :)

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      heart4theword 8 years ago from hub

      This hub-page challenges me, it is like you are speaking another language I need to learn:) I love the picture of the glasses, it is so cool how the one lense forms the heart...reflecting of your love of poetry:)

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      redrock13: I love the raven too!!! :)

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      redrock13 8 years ago

      i've been writing since i was in middle school. love the rhymes, the favorite poem has to be poe's "the raven"

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      christiansek: My goodness you figured me out, interesting that you were able to do that gotta give you kudos!!! :)

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      christianesk 8 years ago from The Global Hamlet

      Concise, and informative - I reckon that is just what's needed when doing an introduction to this topic, as most people I've met run for the door when the idea of discussing poetry turns up - if indeed it ever does. You are clearly an undying romantic. Rock on romantics!

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      RK: You can do it , you simply write from your heart. Your feelings, thoughts, emotions. I am glad that I was able to shed some light on the subject.

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      RKHenry 9 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

      Well AEvans, I don't usually like poetry.  I can't rhythm even if I tried and most of the time, reading a poem is like solving a riddle.  Well since I'm not a problem solver I'm usually left out of the loop.  But I very much appreciated the direction and angle this hub took on.  I understand the ways and means of something far better than determining it's potential outcome.  Thanks for shedding new light on poetry for this not so intellectual poet.

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      ahpoetic: I am excited for you and all of the best on your published book. :)

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      ahpoetic 9 years ago

      I've been writing poetry for many years. I started writing to my girlfriend and then to others. I've got a book coming out in about a month. Great site.

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Keep your eyes open as it is called "Freedom" and I will be publishing it very soon.:)

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      ajcor 9 years ago from NSW. Australia

      Thanks for this AEvans - look forward to reading one of your poems!....cheers

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There


      You are welcome to it and I hope that it assists you. :)

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I Love Poetry as well so I thought writing this article would be interesting. :)

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Benjimester: I love John Keats as his poems are soooo romantic, I believe I was born in the wrong time. I also write poetry but have yet to publish one here, maybe I will do that this year.:)

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      Benji Mester 9 years ago from San Diego, California

      I love that so many people on Hub Pages are advocates of poetry. I was just reading John Keats the other day actually :) To Emma is one of the greatest romantic poems.

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      countrywomen 9 years ago from Washington, USA

      Nice explanation about the types of poetry. I also write poems with rhymes. Thumbs up for a good hub.

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      Lola Stoney 9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Nice Info AEvans, I love rhymes too!

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      Single Mama 9 years ago

      i love poetry. i am a rhymer.


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