I am pretty new to poetry – I have neither attempted to write it nor read a lot of it before – and, as such, am pretty confused as to where to begin. Poetry is a combination of meter, rhythm, intonation, rhyme, alliteration, form, assonance/consonance & diction. As separate entities, I understand these terms. Anyone who has studied the English language in detail would. However, how these terms apply in the context of poetry, I have absolutely no idea. So, I’m starting out with baby steps. I shall first tackle what I believe is the most important factor – FORM. I’ll list out the various forms I’ve come across during my research, & I hope this helps other new poets - or poets-in-the-making - understand this new form of expression. Acrostic – It is a verse composition wherein the initial alphabet, of each consecutive line taken together, forms words. Ballad – Verse that narrates a story basically. Most children’s poems are Ballads. They have something of a musicality to them. Blank Verse – This is essentially unrhymed verse, written in iambic pentameter (Could someone please explain this term with an example, so that the rest of us can follow? Thanks) Cento – A verse comprised of lines from other poems, put together to form an ironic juxtaposition of thoughts & voices. A bit like a patchwork quilt. Cinquain – A form of poetry that is inspired by Haiku. Usually based on concrete ideas rather than intangibles like emotion, this form uses the syllabic breakdown of 2 4 6 8 2 Clerihew – It is a four line verse, of indeterminate meter & length that is a comical biography of someone famous. It is written in the rhyming structure of AABB. Dorsimbra – It is made up of three stanzas of 4 lines each, each stanza applying a different form. Enjambment is used to keep the flow of the piece without losing it to form changes. Double Dactyl – These are extremely difficult to formulate because of their rigidity. But the fact that they are humorous may help get past this obstacle. They are made up of 2 stanzas of 3 dactylic lines (one stressed two unstressed syllables) & one line made up of one dactyl & a single accent. (accent? Could anyone explain this please?) The last words of both stanzas need to rhyme. Epistle – Written like a letter, this form of verse takes into account the persona of the one writing it as well as the recipient, & is usually very personalized. If I have missed out any forms from A to E, please do list them out with a short description. Also, if you can think of examples for the same, or for any of the forms listed above, please feel free to share them. Try to include verses that use easy-to-follow language, so that newbies like myself may understand the form better. A big ‘Thank You’ to everyone in advance!