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Poetry (Part 2)
My bare feet sunk.

Poetry (Part 2)

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Poetry can be found everywhere. In fact, you probably use poetry every day and don’t even realize it. One of the most common places to find poetry is in music. Musical scores have a type of rhyme that makes it easy for the listener to remember the words, as well as to feel the emotions the words are trying to portray.

For each poem shown below, see if you can determine which style of poem it is.
1.
Shall we go dance the hay, the hay?
Never pipe could ever play
Better shepherd’s roundelay.

Shall we go sing the song, the song?
Never Love did ever wrong,
Fair maids, hold hands all along.
(by Nicholas Breton)
Limerick
Tercet
Tanka
Couplet
When lines 1, 2 and 3 rhyme and then lines 4, 5 and 6 rhyme, this is the poetic style referred to as a tercet. Answer (b) is correct.
2.
My bare feet sunk into the mud left from the pouring rain.
I tried to call on your phone, I fear I caused you too much pain.
(by Casarah Nance)
Tercet
Couplet
Ballad stanza
Limerick
When you have two phrases and each rhymes at their end you have a couplet poem. Answer (b) is correct.
3.
In my life each moment is it very instant,
while birds and nature are being persistent.
(by James Horn)
Ballad stanza
Tanka
Limerick
Couplet
When you have two phrases and each rhymes at their end you have a couplet poem. Answer (d) is correct.
4.
In Scarlet Town, where I was born
There lived a fair maid dwellin';
Made many a youth cry well-a-day,
And her name was Barbara Allen.
Tercet
Ballad stanza
Couplet
Tanka
In this poem the end of the second line and the end of the fourth line rhyme. When lines 2 and 4 rhyme this shows us that the style of the poem is that of a ballad stanza. Answer (b) is correct.
5.
The “Bad Witch of Oz” lost her throne
They weren’t gonna’ leave her alone
… the water was fracked
… it’s how she got whacked
But … how many others aren’t known!
(by Jack Clark)
Limerick
Tanka
Couplet
Tercet
In a poem, when lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyme and lines three and four rhyme, you have the classic limerick. This poem here is a good example of a limerick making Answer (a) correct.
6.
Early morning hours
Mother nature awakens
All life, resonates
to her bio-rhythms and
a new day stretches its' wings.
(by M.L. Kiser)
Tanka
Couplet
Limerick
Ballad stanza
In this poem we can see that the first and third lines have a total of five syllables and the second, fourth and fifth lines each have 7 syllables. When we see this style we have a Tanka poem. Answer (a) is correct.
7.
I will whip out my hot gun,
You hold the barrel, have fun;
Stroke with your finger,
Then pull the trigger
And hit the target anon!
(by Abdul Malik)
Ballad stanza
Couplet
Limerick
Tercet
In a poem, when lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyme and lines three and four rhyme, you have the classic limerick. This poem here is a good example of a limerick making Answer (c) correct.
8.
Oh, I forbid ye maidens all
That wear gold in your hair.
To come or go by Carterhaugh
For young Tam Lin is there.
Limerick
Couplet
Ballad stanza
Tercet
In this poem the end of the second line and the end of the fourth line rhyme. When lines 2 and 4 rhyme this shows us that the style of the poem is that of a ballad stanza. Answer (c) is correct.
9.
He clasps the crag with crooked hands:
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, it stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.
(by Lord Alfred Tennyson)
Limerick
Couplet
Ballad stanza
Tercet
When lines 1, 2 and 3 rhyme and then lines 4, 5 and 6 rhyme, this is the poetic style referred to as a tercet. Answer (d) is correct.
10.
I salute our troops
who are serving in harm’s way
in Afghanistan.
May they all return safely
to their families and homes.
(by Jerry Stevenson)
Couplet
Tercet
Tanka
Quatrain
In this poem we can see that the first and third lines have a total of five syllables and the second, fourth and fifth lines each have 7 syllables. When we see this style we have a Tanka poem. Answer (c) is correct.
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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