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Learn Different Types of Poems

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15 Types of Poetic Forms

From sonnets and epics to haikus and villanelles, learn more about 15 of literature’s most enduring types of poems.

1. Blank verse. Blank verse is poetry written with a precise meter—almost always iambic pentameter—that does not rhyme.

2. Rhymed poetry. In contrast to blank verse, rhymed poems rhyme by definition, although their scheme varies.

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What Is Consonance in Poetry?

In poetry, rhyme isn’t the only way to introduce memorability and musicality. Consonance presents poets with the possibility of playing around with the repetition of consonant sounds.

Helena Dias

What Is Dissonance in Poetry?

The human brain instinctively looks for harmony. When it is denied harmony, it can create a powerful moment—whether that’s for the purposes of creating tension, capturing inner turmoil, or bringing a