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Welcome to Young Writers' free Poetry Glossary

What is Poetry?

Poetry is literature in meter form. It is a form of written word that has pattern and rhythm and rhyme. It can be serious or it can be fun. Poetry is as creative as you make it

Basic poetry is in verse form, called a stanza, made up of meters created by feet. The amount of lines there are in a stanza decides what type of poem is written. There can be more than one stanza to a poem and then for effect throw in a chorus and a refrain.

The stanzas can have rhythm and rhyme or just be a blank verse!

Take a look at our glossary and you will find an explanation for all sections of poetry.

Why don't you try writing a poem and enter it into one of our poetry competitions.

More poetry terms below.

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Have you visited the rest of our website yet? There are lot more free resources such as poetry workshops, activities and games for young writers as well as lesson plans and themed packs for teachers - come have a look!

Please see below for other poetry terms!
Please also visit our Poetry Glossary – Poetry Types

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