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Poetry by Mind Map: Poetry

1. Stanzas

1.1. Stanzas are a series of lines grouped together and separated by an empty line from other stanzas. They are the equivalent of a paragraph in an essay. One way to identify a stanza is to count the number of lines.

1.1.1. couplet (2 lines) tercet (3 lines) quatrain (4 lines) cinquain (5 lines) sestet (6 lines) septet (7 lines) octave (8 lines)

2. Other types of poems

2.1. Haiku: It has an unrhymed verse form having three lines (a tercet) and usually 5,7,5 syllables, respectively. It's usually considered a lyric poem.

2.2. Limerick: It has a very structured poem, usually humorous & composed of five lines

3. Form

3.1. Lyric Poetry: It is any poem with one speaker (not necessarily the poet) who expresses strong thoughts and feelings. Most poems, especially modern ones, are lyric poems.

3.2. Narrative Poem: It is a poem that tells a story; its structure resembles the plot line of a story

3.3. Descriptive Poem: It is a poem that describes the world that surrounds the speaker. It uses elaborate imagery and adjectives. While emotional, it is more "outward-focused" than lyric poetry, which is more personal and introspective.

4. Rhyme

4.1. Rhyme is the repetition of similar sounds. In poetry, the most common kind of rhyme is the end rhyme

5. Rhythm and meter

5.1. Meter: the systematic regularity in rhythm; this systematic rhythm (or sound pattern) is usually identified by examining the type of "foot" and the number of feet.

6. The Number of Feet

6.1. The second part of meter is the number of feet contained in a line.