Poetry Styles

There is no one right way to express yourself and your emotions so poetry is constantly evolving. Poetical Reactions focused on the most traditional styles, but I got to utilize some new, fun styles in Poetical Alphabet.

 Below is a list of some of my favorite finds you might not have heard of yet.


A poem than uses repetitive lines to form a chant.  (More methodical than a refrain. It is often repeated every line or every other line.)

Echo and Loop

A poem where the last word or syllable in a line is repeated or echoed underneath in the next line. If you restrict it to a 4-lined stanza and make the rhyme scheme abcb, it is called a loop poem. 


A poem that’s created by erasing portions of an existing poem/story/speech (variation of a found poem).


A 6-lined poem with the following syllable count (1,1, 2, 3, 5, 8).


A 13-syllable poem that has 5 syllables in the first line, 3 syllables in the second line and 5 syllable in the final line.  A variation of the poem uses words instead of syllables (3, 5, 3).


A poem where the end words of each line rhyme together.


A poem that can be read backwards and forward. (For Example: race car.) It can be done letter by letter, but also with words.

Tanka, Somonka

A 5-lined, thirty-one-syllable poem broken down into the following pattern: 5, 7, 5, 7, 7.  Note: This form started out as a single line of poetry, so you can write it that way as well. Also, if you combine two tankas (like two letters talking to each other), then it is called a somonka.

Terza Rima

A group of tercets united by using the second line to rhyme with the first and third lines of the following tercet so the rhyme scheme looks like: aba, bcb, cdc, ded, etc. 

For examples and even more styles, you can check out the following sites:,,, (, etc. Enjoy! 

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