Writing Different Types of Poems
Writing poetry can be a great way to stimulate the mind and express emotions through words. Plus, putting words on paper can be therapeutic and offers an opportunity to vent thoughts in a private way, similar to keeping a journal. But, with so many different types of poetry it can be difficult to decide on a format that will work best with the writer’s thoughts and style. Before beginning to write poetry, it may be useful to consider some of the following types of poems.
Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry that is composed of only three lines that do not rhyme. The first and third lines consist of five syllables, while the second line contains seven. Haikus are easy to write and it is possible to write several in one sitting. These can be a great way to capture thoughts and whittle them down to their essence.
Quatrains contain four-line stanzas (group of lines forming a metrical unit in a poem) with the first two lines and final two lines rhyming. For example, the first and second lines may end with “cat” and “hat,” while the second two lines may conclude with “away” and “stay.” Quatrains can contain as many stanzas as necessary, but the key is to group the lines into fours and complete coherent, full thoughts in each stanza.
Sonnets typically have 14 lines, usually with 10 syllables per line. Most often the poems contain rhyming schemes, but unlike the quatrain, the rhyme scheme is not defined. Writers have freedom to use the allotted 14 lines to create their own rhyme schemes and convert complex thoughts and feelings onto paper.
Writing Poetry at Veranda Apartment Homes
Residents looking to write poetry can do so in the comfort of our cozy Mount Dora apartment community. Our apartments are spacious and comfortable, and we even have a clubhouse that can be the perfect place to write. For information about our community, contact the Veranda Apartment Homes’ leasing office today.