Monday, March 30, 2015

Literature: Types of Poetry

Types of Poetry

  1. Narrative - tells a series of events
    • Epic - long, unified narrative peom, story of warrior, king or god in which:
      • protagonist is larger than life
      • two dimensional [the good and the bad]
      • more than human strength
      • setting covers up to universe
      • may provide historical fact/place
      • gods/divinities were involved
      • adventure adheres to central theme
    • Metrical romance - story of knights [example: Beowulf]
    • Metrical Tale 
    • Ballad - narrative poem meant to be sang
  2. Lyric - honors its musical origin
    • Ode - peom of praise
    • Elegy - poem for the dead
    • Sonnet - iambic pentameter [14-lined poem]
    • Song - set to music
    • Simple lyric - poet’s thoughts, emotions and feelings

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