Poetry Forms Poems

Getting some ideas together for different forms of poetry students might enjoy trying, I played around with writing poems to explain the “rules” of some different forms. Here are the results:


is a kind
of poem that’s
very fun to write

start with
only one
syllable and
add one more each line

end with
five at last
Do it three times
Your arun is done

Five-line stanza
two, four, six, eight, and two
syllables respectively in
the lines


A triolet poem is a tricky thing
Only eight lines to write seems easy
Especially when the first line keeps repeating

A triolet poem is a tricky thing
You use rhyme to make it sing
But the task is not that breezy

A triolet poem is a tricky thing
Following the patterns- 3 3 2, ABa Aab AB- is a challenge, believe me!

Free Verse

Free verse poetry
Puts you in charge of the rules…
Do you want rhyme?
Do you want rhythm?
You decide!
Do you want short lines?
Or will the lines be longer, with more than one phrase?
You are the poet, you make the decision!
Do you want one long stanza or lots of verses?
Will you use punctuation or not?
The poem is yours.
You are free to choose!

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5 Responses to Poetry Forms Poems

  1. Those are wonderful. I’ve never seen anyone attempt the explaining that way. Thank you for sharing. Of course, my favorite will always be free verse…no rules…yeah ! Happy Spring! xo

  2. Terje says:

    Wow. Creative and useful.

  3. elsie says:

    These I need to print to remember the rules of the poem. Great job!

  4. elle1955 says:

    I love when form and function come together. Fun work.

  5. What a brillant idea! This is such a wonderful way to introduce and remember these forms. I guess I like to be in charge because it is free form poetry for me. Though I am thinking of branching out and will bookmark this as an inspiration to do so. Thanks.

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