Types of poetry

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Example of Narrative Poetry - Excerpt
John Barleycorn
by
Robert Burns
There was three kings into the east,
Three kings both great and high,
And they hae sworn a solemnoath
John Barleycorn should die.

Example of Epic Poems - Excerpt
Hiawatha's Departure
from The Song of Hiawatha
by
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
By the shore of GitchieGumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
At the doorway of his wigwam,
In the pleasant Summer morning,
Hiawatha stood and waited.

Example of Ballad Poems - Excerpt
TheMermaid
by
Unknown author
Oh the ocean waves may roll,
And the stormy winds may blow,
While we poor sailors go skipping aloft
And the land lubbers lay down below, below,below
And the land lubbers lay down below.

Example of Lyric Poetry
Dying
(aka I heard a fly buzz when I died )
by
Emily Dickinson
I heard a fly buzz when I died;
Thestillness round my form
Was like the stillness in the air
Between the heaves of storm.

Example of Free Verse
Song of Myself
by
Walt Whitman
I celebrate myself, andsing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loaf and invite my soul,
I lean and loaf at my ease observing aspear of summer grass.

Example of Haiku Poetry Type
None is travelling
by
Basho (1644-1694)
None is travelling
Here along this way but I,
This autumn evening.
The firstday of the year:
thoughts come - and there is loneliness;
the autumn dusk is here.

Example of Sonnets - Excerpt
O thou my lovely boy
by
William Shakespeare
O thou, mylovely boy, who in thy power
Dost hold Time's fickle glass his fickle hour;
Who hast by waning grown, and therein show'st
Thy lovers withering, as thy sweet self grow'st.
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