Updated: Dec 19, 2020
Poems can be a lot of fun to write, but sometimes it can be tricky to know where to start, how many lines to write, how many syllables to use, and don’t even get me started on rhyming patterns!
Fortunately, there are many different types of poems out there - and some of them don’t even have to rhyme! Here are four quick and simple types of poems for you to try out. And who knows? Perhaps you’re a poet and you didn’t even… realise.
Ah, the good old limerick. Often light and humorous, the limerick has five lines that follow the rhyming pattern AABBA, with lines 3 and 4 being a bit shorter.
There once was a girl called Jacinta,
Who wished it was always Winter
But colder it grew,
And she caught the flu
That poor, sick girl called Jacinta
Shape poems are poems that form a shape (hence the title). Specifically, they make the shape of the object they’re about. They don’t have to rhyme. They don’t have to have a certain number of lines, or syllables, or stanzas. All they need to do is form the shape of their subject.
Snowballs! We don’t get snow here.
But I really, truly, sincerely wish we did.
Cos then we could have snowball fights! Yeah!
Snowball fights! Snow flying through the air!
But we can’t have snowball fights. Boo!
Cos we don’t get snow here.
The haiku is a form of poetry from Japan. It is very short - only 3 lines - with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 syllables in the third line.
Look at all that frost
Slip’pry ice covers the grass
Don’t slip and faceplant!
To start an acrostic poem, you write the title or subject of your poem vertically, from top to bottom. Then you write a line (or even just a word) starting with each letter.
Early morning mists
Rising by noon