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Different types of poem

There are different types or forms of poems. Different structures and styles are chosen for different kinds of poem:

Ballads have a regular rhythm and are usually in four-line verses. They usually tell an epic or dramatic story, and often have a chorus.

Elegies are written for someone who has died, and is usually quite a slow, thoughtful poem.

Sonnets are usually 14 lines long, with a regular scheme. Popular with Shakespeare himself, and many other traditional writers.

Free verse has lines of irregular length that do not have to rhyme. Some poets think it's more like the way people talk, while other poets think it's an excuse to be lazy.

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