Poetry Styles

The style of writing poetry differs from poetry writers. Some poetry styles can be long or short meters, three or four lines to a stanza.  No matter how a poem is written, it must hold great emotion. Some common poetry techniques are onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance, rhyming, simile and metaphor.

Onomatopoeia The definition of onomatopoeia is a word imitating a sound. Onomatopoeia is a great way to have the user experience one of the senses often overlooked in poetry: sound.

Another poetry technique is alliteration. This procedure is used by starting three or more words with the same sound. An example of this would be ‘The crazy crackling crops.’  Alliteration is a great tool to use for descriptions along with raising the reader’s attention about a specific subject–great for dark and horror writings.

The next style is assonance. It is defined as a repetition of vowel sounds within syllables with changing consonants. This is used in many different circumstances.

Rhyming is probably the most well-known technique used. However unlike popular belief, it does not need to be within a poem to make it a poem. It is what it is.. a technique. It is however, a popular way to establish flow within writing.

As for similes, they are an expression that compares one thing to another. This method is used in all forms of poetry and generally has the words ‘like’ or ‘as.’ It may be used to help your readers better identify with characteristics of objects or circumstances.

metaphor is a word or phrase used one way to mean another. Metaphors are sometimes hard to spot and take some thinking to figure out, but they give writers more power to express their thoughts about a certain situation.

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