Couplet—2 lines of end rhyme
Limerick—5 line poem with rhyme scheme of AABBA. Originated from England in 18th Century. Traditionally obscene in content.
There once was a girl from Ladue
Who only wore one shoe
She was warned and told
That her foot would grow cold
But still didn’t have a clue.
Sometimes you can play with the convention to add humor…
There once was a student from Marquette,
Who tried always to be teacher’s pet,
He copied off Jeff
Which earned him an F
And now he’s in deep…trouble
- Most commonly anapestic trimeter (3 beats) for lines 1, 2 and 5.
- Lines 3 and 4 are usually shorter and have a different rhythm (2 beats)
Couplet – two line stanza
Triplet – three line
Quatrain – four line
Quintet – five line
Sestet – six line
Septet – seven line
Octave – eight line
Stanzaic Form—using the structure to help portray the content or tone of the stanza.