Types of Poetry Flashcards

Types of Poetry Flashcards
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Ballad
A plot-driven narrative poem that people can sing. These poems include rhymes and quatrains, which are stanzas that have four lines.
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Narrative Poems
Poems designed to tell people a story. There are many forms of this kind of poetry, including the idyll, lays, ballads and epic poetry.
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Modern Elegy
These elegies don't have a highly regulated structure. They're more concerned with dealing with sadness in a philosophical way.
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Traditional Elegy
Elegies of this type were carefully structured. They usually focused on public figures. Most of them were divided into three stages.
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Eulogy
A type of writing sometimes created as an essay. It reminisces on a person who has died, dwelling on their positive qualities.
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Elegy
A kind of poem created to mourn loss, either of a person or an object.
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Dramatic Monologue
A poetic form composed entirely of the speech of one person.
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Drawing Room Play
In this type of dramatic literature, small plays are put on in the home. These plays aren't meant to be performed on stage.
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Closet Drama
This kind of dramatic poetry wasn't intended to be performed. Instead, it was designed to be enjoyed privately, through reading or personal recitation.
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Dramatic Poetry
A specific kind of dramatic literature that is comprised of lines of verse, mixing poetry and plays. Shakespeare's plays are considered to be an example of this.
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Flashcard Content Overview

Need help remembering types of poetry? Use this set to review dramatic poetry, including closet dramas, dramatic monologues, and drawing room plays. You'll be able to consider traditional and modern elegies. Narrative poems such as lays, ballads, idylls and epic poems will also be covered, as well as Pindaric, Horatian, and irregular odes. Additionally, these cards go over Italian and English sonnets.

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Dramatic Poetry
A specific kind of dramatic literature that is comprised of lines of verse, mixing poetry and plays. Shakespeare's plays are considered to be an example of this.
Closet Drama
This kind of dramatic poetry wasn't intended to be performed. Instead, it was designed to be enjoyed privately, through reading or personal recitation.
Drawing Room Play
In this type of dramatic literature, small plays are put on in the home. These plays aren't meant to be performed on stage.
Dramatic Monologue
A poetic form composed entirely of the speech of one person.
Elegy
A kind of poem created to mourn loss, either of a person or an object.
Eulogy
A type of writing sometimes created as an essay. It reminisces on a person who has died, dwelling on their positive qualities.
Traditional Elegy
Elegies of this type were carefully structured. They usually focused on public figures. Most of them were divided into three stages.
Modern Elegy
These elegies don't have a highly regulated structure. They're more concerned with dealing with sadness in a philosophical way.
Narrative Poems
Poems designed to tell people a story. There are many forms of this kind of poetry, including the idyll, lays, ballads and epic poetry.
Ballad
A plot-driven narrative poem that people can sing. These poems include rhymes and quatrains, which are stanzas that have four lines.
Idyll
This type of narrative poetry is short. These poems are pastoral, meaning that they are usually set in a rustic area and value country life over life in the city.
Epic Poetry
These narrative poems are very long. They usually follow the adventures of a hero who is fighting some kind of creature. Most are written in Homeric verse and make use of extended similes.
Lay
Narrative poems that rhyme and feature elements of the supernatural. There's usually an interest in romance in these poems.
Ode
These lyric poems tend to be serious in tone and reflective. They dwell on the way a narrator feels about a given topic, which may be an ideal, a place, a person or an object.
Irregular Ode
Odes of this type don't use a set structure. This offers a lot of flexibility to the poet, since he or she can adjust the poem's rhyme scheme at will.
Pindaric Ode
The Greeks developed this type of ode, which was originally designed to be sang. It contains three stanzas and a careful structure.
Horatian Ode
These odes are informal and designed to be meditative. They have a structure, though it isn't very strict. They use a standard meter and rhyme scheme.
Quatrain
A stanza with four lines that has a specific rhyme scheme. English sonnets contain three of these, with the rhyme scheme abab cdcd efef.
Couplet
A pair of lines found at the end of a Shakespearean sonnet. These lines rhyme.
Italian Sonnet
This kind of sonnet is also called a Petrarchan sonnet. It includes two stanzas, one of these is an octave (eight lines) and the second is a sestet (six lines).
English Sonnet
Also referred to as a Shakespearean sonnet. These sonnets each include three quatrains and end in a couplet.

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