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					Types of Poetry
I. Narrative Poetry
Poetry that tells a story.

                           The Raven
                           “A Poison Tree”
“Madame and her Madam”
          -Langston Hughes
I worked for a woman,            I said, Madame,
She wasn’t mean –                Can it be
But she had a twelve room        You trying to make a
House to clean.                  Pack-horse out of me?

Had to get breakfast,            She opened her mouth
Dinner, and supper, too –        She cried, Oh, no!
Then take care of her children   You know, Alberta,
When I got through.              I love you so!

Wash, iron, and scrub,           I said, Madame,
Walk the dog around –            This may be true –
It was too much,                 But I’ll be dogged
Nearly broke me down.            If I love you!
II. Lyric Poetry
Poetry that expresses a speaker’s personal
   thoughts or senses.
A. Ode – lyric poem written about a dignified,
   lofty subject.
B. Elegy – highly formal verse focusing on
   death or any other solemn subject.
C. Song – the most common form of lyric
D. Sonnet – 14 line poem usually about love.
“The Crazy Woman”
            -Gwendolyn Brooks
I shall not sing a May song.
A May song would be gay.
I’ll wait until November
And sing a song of gray.

I’ll wait until November
That is the time for me.
I’ll go out in the frosty dark
And sign most terribly.

All the little people
Will stare at me and say,
“That is the Crazy Woman
Who would not sing in May.”
III. Epitaph
A short statement or poem in memory of a
  dead person, usually put on a headstone.

                        “Epitaph of a Tyrant”
Stranger! Approach this spot with gravity!
John Brown is filling his last cavity!
                                         -Unknown Dentist, Scotland

Here lies the body
Of Jonathan Blake
Stepped on the gas
Instead of the break.
                 -accident victim in Uniontown, Pennsylvania

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