April is National Poetry Month, but I love poems all year long. This page will give you several types of poems as well as a rhyming website to help create rhyming words for your poems.

Rhyming Website

Acrostic Poems

-uses the letters of its title to begin each line of the poem
- each line tells something about the subject
EXAMPLE:
Sports are active and
Playing
Outdoors is
Really fun
Track, baseball, and
Soccer

Cinquains

- a five- line poem
Line 1: Subject (one word title)
Line 2: Two words that describe the subject
Line 3: Three verbs ( action words ending in "ing"
Line 4: Four words that describe feelings about the subject
Line 5: One word that means the same as the subject
EXAMPLE:
Night
Black ink
Haunting, quieting, sleeping
Hiding from the day
Darkness

Clerihew

- a four line poem
- the first two lines rhyme and the last two lines rhyme
- the poem begins with the name of a person or character
EXAMPLE:
Mickey Mouse
Come to my house.
I'll show you the way
Then we'll play all day.

Concrete

- words are written in a shape of a picture
- first, think of a noun and then write words describing that noun
- then write the poem in the shape of a picture
- student samples include snakes, baseballs, soccer balls, umbrellas, snails, etc.

Diamante

- begins with one subject at the top of its diamond shape and ends with an opposite subject at the bottom
- has seven lines and does not rhyme
- (this page won't show the diamond shape)
EXAMPLE:
Cat
cuddly, furry
purring, sleeping, pouncing
mouser, feline, canine, pup
barking, sniffing, playing
friendly, loyal
Dog


Free Verse

- doesn't have a set pattern
- contains words or phrases that tell about a feeling or idea
- it usually has rhythm
EXAMPLE:
The Dream Keeper
Bring me all of your dreams,
You dreamers,
Bring me all of your
Heart melodies
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world.
Poet: Langston Hughes

Haiku

- a poem Japan
- 3 non-rhyming lines
- first line has 5 syllables, second line has 7 syllables, last line has 5 syllables
EXAMPLE:
Shining in the night
Silver sparkles in the sky
Fading in the dawn


Limericks

- a joke that rhymes
- five lines that follow a rhyme pattern and rhythm
- the first two lines rhyme with the last and the third and fourth lines rhyme
EXAMPLE:
There was a young lady whose nose
Continually prospers and grows;
When it grew out of sight,
She exclaimed in a fright,
"Oh, farewell to the end of my nose!"
Poet: Edward Lear

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