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List of 168 Poetic Forms for Poets

Check out this list of 168 poetic forms for poets that includes everything from abstract poetry and ae freislighe to villanelle and zappai—and so many more in between.

Over the years, this list of poetic forms for poets has grown from 50 to 86 to 100 and now 168. And I doubt we're anywhere near adding to the list (still have plenty of forms to discuss for future Poetic Form Fridays). This list is a combination of well-established traditional forms, newer types of poems, and even a few fun super new nonce forms.

(Common Poetry Terms.)

Each form listed below has a very brief description to give the vaguest ideas of how it differs from the others in the list, but I advise clicking the link for the name of the form to gain a true understanding of the guidelines for each poetic form. Also, most of those pages include at least one (if not several) example poems to show how to write them.

And with that simple introduction, please enjoy this updated list of poetic forms from abstract to zejel and 160+ more in between. Be sure to check out each form. It might even make a good year-long challenge to write three forms each week of the year.

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Here's my list of 168 poetic forms:

(Note: Click on the name of each form to read the full description in the original posts.)

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