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This stanza consists of two rhyming lines expressing a complete thought
couplet
This stanza consists of four lines that may rhyme in different ways--ABCB (ballad stanza), ABAB (heroic stanza), ABBA, AABB, or even AAAA.
quatrain
This type of stanza consists of three lines with a rhyme scheme of ABA or AAA.
tercet
This type of humorous poem has five lines with the rhyme scheme of AABBA. Lines 1, 2, and 5 have three accented syllables, while lines 3 and 4 have just two.
limerick
This type of short poem consists of three lines in which lines 1 and 3 contain five syllables, and line 2 contains seven (a total of seventeen syllables altogether). Usually the rhyme scheme is ABC.
haiku
This type of poem contains fourteen lines and may have various rhyme schemes. One popular form that Shakespeare used had this rhyme scheme: ABAB CDCD EFEF GG
sonnet
This poem is named after the man who devised it. The first line is always the name of a person who is being ridiculed in the poem. The rhyme scheme is AABB.
clerihew
A poem in which the first letters of the lines spell out words or names vertically. (It may be of any length and may rhyme in any manner.)
acrostic
A poem of praise that does not follow any particular meter or rhyme.
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