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Poetic styles in English literature – Times of India


English poetry encompasses a wide range of poetic styles, each with its own unique characteristics and conventions. Here are some of the most notable poetic styles in English literature:
Sonnet: A 14-line poem with various rhyme schemes, such as the Shakespearean (ABABCDCDEFEFGG) and Petrarchan (ABBAABBACDCDCD) sonnets. They often explore themes of love, beauty, and mortality.
Haiku: A traditional Japanese form with three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, respectively. Haikus capture a moment in nature or life, evoking emotion and contemplation.
Blank Verse: Unrhymed lines in iambic pentameter. It’s a common choice for Shakespearean plays and epic poems.
Know what is Iambic Pentameter

Free Verse: Poetry without a consistent meter or rhyme scheme. It relies on the rhythm of natural speech and allows for greater freedom of expression.
Limerick: A humorous five-line form with a distinctive rhythm and rhyme scheme (AABBA). Limericks often feature playful or nonsensical themes.
Ballad: A narrative poem often set to music, with alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and trimeter. Ballads often tell stories of love, tragedy, or folklore.
Villanelle: A 19-line form with a specific rhyme scheme (ABA ABA ABA ABA ABA ABAA). It typically consists of five tercets followed by a quatrain and revolves around repeating lines.
Sestina: A highly structured form with six stanzas of six lines each, followed by a three-line envoi. The final words of each line repeat in a specific pattern throughout the poem.
Acrostic: A poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word or message vertically.

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Epigram: A concise, witty, and often satirical poem. It typically consists of a few lines and aims to make a pointed statement.
Elegy: A mournful poem lamenting the dead or a loss. It reflects on grief, mortality, and the passage of time.
Ode: A lyric poem often addressing a specific subject with heightened emotion and a formal structure. It celebrates or praises its subject.
Video: Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats

Pastoral: A poetic idealization of rural life, often depicting shepherds and rustic scenes. It explores themes of nature, innocence, and simplicity.
Concrete Poetry: Also known as visual poetry, it uses visual arrangements of text to convey meaning. The shape and placement of words on the page contribute to the poem’s message.
Narrative Poetry: A poem that tells a story, often in an epic or ballad form, with a focus on character development and plot.
These are just a few of the many poetic styles found in English literature. Each style offers poets a distinct way to convey emotions, ideas, and experiences, contributing to the rich tapestry of the poetic tradition.



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