Poetic Forms: Compendium

As I stated last week, I’m going to be taking a break from writing these, but before I go, I wanted to link them all in one post so you can bookmark this page and have a go at any of the forms you didn’t get around to.

I won’t feature a poem from last week, but I do want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has participated these last few months. It has been great to share in your enthusiasm and your excellent writing!

Poetic Forms

Click on the name of the form to find out more.


A poem where the first letter of every line spells out a word reading up or down the poem.

Climbing Rhyme

A poem which makes use of internal rhyme and a tight syllables structure


A contronym is a word which can be perceived to have two opposing definitions – why not use them in your poetry?

Double Dactyl

A heavily structured poem with a fun variety of rules.


A free verse poem heavily reliant on tone and emotion.

Phrase Manipulation

An experimental form, Phrase Manipulation is where a single phrase is repeated and broken down throughout the poem.


This is a short form which uses repetition and a tight rhyming structure.


The Rubaiyat has a gentle but insistent flow which is perfect for holding your audience’s attention.

Terza Rima

A form with an interlacing rhyme scheme which is beautifully lyrical when done right.


The rhythm and repetition of the Villanelle give it a haunting quality.

Farewell for now!


Heather, who goes by Rydia on YWS, has long been an aspiring author. In the early days of her life she attached herself to poetry and would curl up on the playground bench to scrawl down lines of forgotten virtue. Or, more likely, little virtue at all. At the very old age of 11, she joined The Young Writers Club and progressed into the realms of roleplay. Here she constructed characters to fight off dragons or rally to their allies' aid with healing spells; a joint love of gaming heavily influenced this fondness of adventure storybooks. A few more years went by before Heather became a serious novelist and she still considers poetry to be her favourite media for getting those thoughts down on paper. Outside of writing her loves include puzzle books, strategy/ fantasy games, movies, swimming, skiing (when she actually has money), crafty things, baking, food in general, fun pranks and anything involving snow.

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  1. Hannah says:

    Thanks for all your hard work and inspiration, Heather!

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