A Guide to Verse Forms 

A guide to verse forms, aimed mainly at the would-be poet. This site does not claim to be complete or authoritative. And to avoid copyright problems, I wrote all the examples myself. You have been warned!

Sections planned but not yet written are indicated thus.

Fundamentals

Metre * Table of Metric Feet * Rhyme * Why write in standard forms? * Books about poetry

Metres and Stanza forms

This way for a page classifying stanzas - tercets, heroic quatrains, rhyme royal, Venus and Adonis stanzas, and the like.  These are the building blocks for many of the verse forms below.

There are separate pages with examples for: Balassi stanza * Blank verse * Burns stanza * Common Measure * Kalevala metre * Long Measure * Long Hymnal Measure * Onegin stanza * Ottava Rima * Poulter's Measure * Rhyme Royal * Romantic stanza * Rustavelian Quatrain * Short Measure * Short Hymnal Measure * Short Particular Measure * Spenserian stanza * Scottish stanza * Shairi (Georgian) * Shairi (Swahili) * standard Habbie * Sicilian Octave * six-line stave * Troilus stanza

Full index of verse forms

Here's a list of all the verse forms covered on the site. There are many other standard verse forms which are not included, and not all of the forms on this site are standard. More forms will be added as and when they come to my notice and/or I succeed in writing presentable examples of them.

Ballad * Ballade * Ballade Royal * Ballade Supreme * Bina * Caudate Sonnet * Chant Royal * Cinquain * Clerihew * Corona of sonnets * Curtal Sonnet * Deibhidhe/Deibide * Domino Rhyme * Double Sestina * Englyn * Glose/Glosa * Haibun * Haiga * Haikai * Haiku * Interlocking Rubaiyat * Kyrielle * Lai * Limerick * Luc Bat * Newman Sestina * Nonet * Ode * Pantoum * Pathya Vat * Pleiadic * puSlogh vagh * Quartina * Quatorzain * Rhopalics * Rhymed Sestina * Rictameter * Rimas Dissolutas * Rondeau * Rondeau Redoublé * Rondel * Rondel Supreme * Rondelet * Rondine * Rondo * Roundel * Roundelay * Rubai (Rubaiyat) * Ruthless Rhyme * Scupham Sonnet * Senryu * Sestina (Sextain) * Song That Luc Bat * Song That Luc Bat Sonnet * Sonnet * Sonnet of Sonnets * Sonnet Redoublé * Tanka * Terza Rima * Terza Rima Sonnet * Tetractys * Than-Bauk * Triolet * Villancico * Villanelle * Virelai Ancien * Virelai Nouveau * Virelai Post-Moderne * Wayra * Ya-Du * Zejel     

Or locate the verse form you want by category:

Closed forms * Open forms * Chained forms
Syllable-counting forms 
Popular forms * Neglected forms * Recommended forms
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