Haiku is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. Haiku is usually written in the present tense and focuses on nature (seasons). Example #1: Pink cherry blossoms Cast shimmering reflections On seas of Japan Couplet- a special kind of stanza that has only two lines. For this project you couplet must be eight lines/ four 2 line stanzas with one of the following rhyme schemes: a,a,a,a a,b,a,b a,a,b,b Roses are red Forget what I said Violets are blue I got neither for you Didn’t try to break your heart You knew it wouldn’t work from the start Tanka is a classic form of Japanese poetry related to the haiku with five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7) Example #1: A cool wind blows in With a blanket of silence. Straining to listen For those first few drops of rain, The storm begins in earnest. Limerick A Limerick is a rhymed humorous or nonsense poem of five lines which originated in Limerick, Ireland. The Limerick has a set rhyme scheme of : a-a-b-b-a with a syllable structure of: 9-9-6-6-9. Ex: There once was a man from Aruba, - A (9) Whose favorite hobby was scuba. – A (9) Every day he would wish, - B (6) He could spear a big fish. –B (6) But settled instead for canned tuna. – A (9) So now we’re both alone All by ourselves staring at the phone Free Verse Free Verse is an irregular form of poetry in which the content is free of traditional rules. Narrative Poem a narrative poem with stanzas of 2 or 4 lines each. It tells a story with a beginning, middle, and end. Your narrative must be at least 20 lines Ex. “The Cremation of Sam McGee” Example: Ode to Job Job came down in a woosh, outstretched and gliding into the horizon. Blue shadowed flight arrested by the beckoning marsh. His greatness bears prophecy. Acrostic Poetry Acrostic Poetry is where the first letter of each line spells a word, usually using the same words as in the title. Example #1: Heartbreaking He broke my heart Every piece, shattered All I wanted was his love Real, as he promised True, as mine for him But he walked away Right in the middle of paradise Every beat of my heart Aches for his love Keeping the flame aglow I will wait by the light Never losing the hope God will send him back to me Choice Poem #1: Any second example of a form we’ve covered or an example of any form you find or discover on your own. Choice Poem #2: Any second example of a form we’ve covered or an example of any form you find or discover on your own.