Saturday, July 21, 2012


There are many different types of poetry for kids. The following are just a few:

  • Alphabet (ABC)-Each line in the poetry begins with subsequent letters of the alphabet. The poetry doesn’t have to rhyme.
  • Ballad-Ballad is one of the types of poems for children that has to rhyme. The poetry retells a historical event or you can write about a personal experience in the form of rhyme.
  • Acrostic-This is a typical form of poetry where the first letter of each line form a word itself. The letters are vertically aligned to form a word that is usually the subject of the poem.
  • Autobiographical-This is really an essay about yourself in rhythm. It can rhyme.
  • Cinquain-A cinquain is composed of only 5 lines. The 5 lines are a noun (title), description, action, feeling (phrase)and the title (synonym).
  • Diamante-A diamante is a diamond shaped poem about whatever you want it to be about.
  • Haiku-Mainly a Japanese nature poem. It usually has 3 lines of poetry with the first line containing 3 syllables, the second line having 7 syllables, and the last line having 5 syllables.
  • Limerick-Poetry of 5 lines. The last word of the first, second and the fifth line rhyme and the last word of third and fourth line rhyme.

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