Poetry that doesn’t
follow any specific
scheme, or line length;
free verse may contain
rhymes, but they are
not used in a prescribed
Come slowly, Eden by Emily Dickinson
Come slowly, Eden
Lips unused to thee.
Bashful, sip thy jasmines,
As the fainting bee,
Reaching late his flower,
Round her chamber hums,
Counts his nectars—alights,
And is lost in balms!
Francois Villon - "Ballad of the Gibbet"
"Brothers and men that shall after us be,
Let not your hearts be hard to us:
For pitying this our misery
Ye shall find God the more piteous."
A three-line Japanese poetic
form in the lines follow the
pattern of five syllables in the
first line, seven syllables in
the second line, and five
syllables in the third line.
Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902)
“In the coolness
of the empty sixth-month sky...
the cuckoo’s cry.
the tree cut,
dawn breaks early
at my little window.”
A poem that tells the
sequence of events of a story.
My Real Name Is Charles
All you Souper know me as Jack But in reality, my real name is
Charles I will try to explain this seemingly strangle turn of events
I was the last of ten children in our family The first nine
offsprings were girls And then came a BOY... li'l ole me! Well the
word quickly got around our small town The Ellison girls have a
baby brother, WOO HOO! Word also got around that all nine
sisters and my Mum Agreed “Jack Norman Ellison” was to be my
name However, on the way to the church for my Christening My
Grandmother changed my Dad's mind at the last minute And
convinced him to christen me Charles Byard After my Dad's
brother who died a hero in the First World War My sisters were
livid with anger And decided from then on They'd call me Jack
irregardless of what my birth certificate said! And they did... so
now you know the rest of the story Strange or what???
2 types of
• Italian or Petrarchan Sonnets.
• 14 Lines
• 2 parts: Octave(first eight
lines) and Sestet( last 6 lines)
Shakespearean Sonnet 18
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May.
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines.
And often is his gold complexion dimmed.
And every fair from fair sometimes declines.
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade.
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st:
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st.
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see.
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Stanza’s & Verses
Stanza- A group of lines forming
the basic recurring metrical unit
in a poem; a verse.
Verses-writing arranged with a
metrical rhythm, typically having
What is a hyperbole?
A hyperbole is an exaggeration that is
so dramatic that no one would believe
the statement is true.
Example: He was so hungry, he ate the
whole cow for lunch, tail and all.
Example: My teacher is so old, she
doesn’t even remember her own name!
What is a personification
• Personification is where human
characteristics are given to an animal or an
• Example: My teddy bear gave me a hug.
• Example: The flowers danced in the breeze.
What is alliteration?
• Alliteration is repeated consonant sounds at the beginning of
words/group of words.
• Example: Peter piper picked a pack of pickled peppers.
• Example: Sally sold seashells by the seashore.
• Born 1830 - 1886.
• She lived a mostly introverted
and reclusive life.
• Her poems contained short
lines, typically lack titles, and
often utilize slant rhymes as
well as unconventional
punctuation. Her poems
dealt with themes of death
• Born in 1876 – 1965.
• He received the Nobel
Peace Prize for
Literature in 1948. He
wrote poems such as
The Love Song of J.
Alfred Purfrock, The
Waste Land, The
Born in 1928
• She is an American
poet, memoirist, actress and
an important figure in the
American Civil Rights
Movement. Angelou is known
for her series of six
autobiographies. starting with
I Know Why the Cage Bird
Uses imagery and rhyme
scheme in poetry
• Born 26 April 1564
• Widely regarded as
the greatest writer in
the English language
and the world's preeminent dramatist.
• Wrote sonnets.
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