11 Longer Poetic Forms

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A few years back, I put together a list of 10 short poetic forms, and I thought it might be fun to collect 11 longer poetic forms. Each of these is longer than a sonnet.


The Complete Guide of Poetic Forms

Play with poetic forms!

Poetic forms are fun poetic games, and this digital guide collects more than 100 poetic forms, including more established poetic forms (like sestinas and sonnets) and newer invented forms (like golden shovels and fibs).

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Here are 11 Longer Poetic Forms:

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  1. Ballade. 28-line French poetic form.
  2. The Blitz. 50-liner created by Robert Keim.
  3. Chant Royal. 60-line form from the 14th century.
  4. Glose (or glosa). 40-line Spanish form based off an epigraph.
  5. Paradelle. 24-line monstrosity created by Billy Collins.
  6. Rondeau. Just sneaks on the list at 15 lines.
  7. Rondeau Redoublé. French 25-liner invented by Clément Marot.
  8. Sestina. 39-liner with six repeating and rotating endwords.
  9. Trenta-Sei. 36-liner invented by John Ciardi.
  10. Triversen. 18-line tercet-based creation of William Carlos Williams.
  11. Villanelle. Five tercets and a quatrain (or 19 lines).

Have fun trying each form! And let me know which longer forms I left off that you really enjoy.

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