This page features a selection of the Best Poems from a throwback poet.
Also see examples and instructions for poetic forms you can try!
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These poems are composed in various poetic styles, which are briefly explained above each example.
Perhaps the easiest type of poem to try is the Haiku.
A traditional Haiku is a 3-line poem.
The first and third lines contain 7 syllables.
The second line contains five syllables.
Haiku Poems have numerous variations, but frequently the Best Poems by Haiku poets are in the traditional Haiku style.
The Haiku poem does not have to rhyme, and a title is not required, although you can add a title of you want to.
That's really all there is to writing a Haiku poem, such as the ones shown here:
strange men stomping up the stairs
I'm afraid to breathe
my homework shakes in my hand
The catch of the day becomes
sliced raw sashimi
My Bento box awaits me
In a certain way, Spanish
and Japanese are
If desired, you can lengthen a Haiku poem by attaching several 3-line Haiku stanzas together.
Another fun type of poem is a rhymed verse called an "Interlocking Rubaiyat."
One of the Best Poems following this rhyme scheme is 'Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening' by Robert Frost.
The instructions are as follows:
The rhyme scheme is aaba, bbcb, ccdc, and so on.
In other words, the unrhymed syllable of one stanza becomes the rhyming syllable of the next stanza.
If desired, all 4 lines of your final stanza can rhyme.
This rhyme scheme (minus the interlocking feature) is named after 'The Rubiayat' by Omar Kayim.
My Interlocking Rubaiyat poem is shown here:
by Judee Shipman
Rocky Roads — Break of Dawn
Badlands Canyon changes form
Every time there comes the Rain
Nature’s Artwork gets reborn
Jagged Rocks adorn the Plains
Hallucinations rock my Brain
Fashioned by some willful Hand
Faces! Babies! Battles! Trains!
The Rock that rocks a rainbow band
Of many colored types of sand
Is softer than a Rock should get
For reasons I don't understand
My thirst for Thought not quenched quite yet
On every blowing breeze I bet
That they could also spot those three
Beheaded Horsemen I detect
Is God an Artist? You tell me.
His sculptures carve themselves for Free
I only wish to stop and see
His muddy Mountains' Majesty!
You can also try writing a Rhupunt poem. This is a Welsh poetic form with simple instructions in 3 easy steps:
My Own Best Friend
by Judee Shipman
I live alone
I work at Home
I'm on my own
I like it fine
What makes you think
I need a drink?
I'm tickled pink!
My time is mine
I simmer down
I sit around
I traipse the Town
All by myself
to count my Wealth
as Candles melt
upon the Mind.
A Tautogram is a simple poem in which every word begins with the same letter. Those are all the rules.
Now choose Your favorite letter and have fun with it!
by Judee Shipman
Snakes slither silently
Summer sunrise speaks so softly
Singing — sweetly serenading...
She spies shiny, spotted S-shaped streaks
Some stand stock still
Some step slowly
Some, sitting, scoot swiftly
She shows shocked surprise — seems startled —
“Stay sane, Suzanna!”
Stan sternly stated
“Simply sit somewhere.”
Shaking sweat, Suzanna scurries speedily South
Sadly stunned, so stiffly she sits
staring surreptitiously sideways
Sipping sweet strawberry soda.
It's harder to create a tautogram poem that rhymes, but who can resist trying?
by Judee Shipman
Tripping Tallahassee to Tulane
Thirteen tigers trotted toward the train
The trainman thought the tigers travelled tame
To their territory — their Terrain
Feeling adventurous? Why not try a Palindrome Poem? Some of the world's Best Poems are Palindromes.
Here is the instruction:
The second half of the poem IS the first half of the poem, reversed, with a single word interjected between the two halves.
The title doesn't also have to be a palindrome, but mine is anyway, just for fun.
By Judee Shipman
Wine Fire of Connoisseurs
Fine are we, fit and Funky
Lime minty — candy Skittles
Pine of Splash — scented Skunky
Skunky scented — splash of Pine
Skittles candy — minty Lime
Funky and fit, we are Fine
Connoisseurs of Fire Wine
Poems By This Poet And More
AESOP'S RHYMES - A collection of Aesop's Fables reworked into original rhyming verse by Judee Shipman
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SHORT SWEET LOVE POEMS This little poetry collection is short, funny and maybe even a little bit naughty, but sweet nevertheless.
VALENTINE POEMS This page features a collection of short verses that alternate between charming, funny and downright absurd.
FRIENDSHIP POEMS Hit this link for poems about friendship that actually don't suck.
FUNNY POEMS Who doesn't enjoy a touch of humor here and there? And while you're at it, why not make it rhyme?
SPANISH POEM (with translation) This page contains a rhymed verse composed in Spanish, with an English translation.
POETRY FROM EVERY STATE Read poems about the state you live in. This collection really captures the mood of geographically themed poetry.