Hi poetry lovers!

April is National Poetry Month. Many people embark on a 30/30 during April (they write thirty poems in thirty days — usually one each day). A few of us poets from Columbus and Gainesville — and now Tampa and Charlotte too, have been participating in an informal “April Formal Poetry Challenge” for several years now.

To that end, we here at Poetics Online decided to embark upon the admittedly daunting and nerdilly exciting task of creating an ongoingly updated glossary of forms. That’s the long term plan, and eventually soon you’ll find an updated Forms page that will include not just posts related to forms, as it is now, but also the glossary of forms as well. In the meantime, here is a list of forms that David Maas, one of the April Formal Poetry Challenge poets from Gainesville, has put together.

Stay tuned for more developments!

10-Beat
Abhanga
Acrostic
Ae Freislighe
Alexandroid
Alliterisen
Alouette
Alphabet Poem (Abecedarian Poem)
Amanda’s Pinch
Amaranth
Amphion
Anacreontic Verse
Anagrammatic Poem
Analogue
Andaree
Aphorism
Aquarian
Argonelles
Arkquain / Arkquain Swirl
Asefru
Atarlis Fileata
Atom
Atrina
Aubade / Serenade
Awdl Cywydd
Awit
Baccresiezé
Balasi Stanza
Ballad
Ballade / Ballade Supreme / Chant Royal
Biku
Bina
Black Narcissus
Blank Verse
Blitz
Blood Quill
Blues Stanza
Bop
Bragi
Bref Double
Burns Stanza (Standard Habbie)
Byr a Thoddaid
Caccia
Cadae
Candlelight
Cantar
Canzonetta
Cascade
Catena Rondo
Cavatina
Chandlerian
Chanso
Chant (Chant Poem)
Cheyenelle
Ch’i Yen Shih
Choka
Cinquain / American Cinquain / Didactic Cinquain / Reverse Cinquain/ Butterfly Cinquain / Mirror Cinquain / Double Cinquain / Crown Cinquain / Garland Cinquain / Cinquo / Oddquain
Cinquetin
Clarity Pyramid
Cleave / Contrapuntal
Clerihew
Clogyrnach
Common Measure / Common Octave / Hymnal Octave
Compound Word Verse
Concrete Poem (Shape Poem)
Constanza
Coraline
Coronach
Cortes Nonet
Cromorna
Cyclone
Cywydd Llosgyrnog
Decima / Decima Italiana
Decuain
Descort
Diminishing Hexaverse / Expanding Hexaverse
Dinggedicht
Dizain
Dodoitsu
Doggerel / Balliol Rhyme
Doha / Sortha
Double Dactyl
Dramatic Monologue
Echo Poem
Ekphrastic
Elegy
Elegiac / Elegiac Couplet
Empat Empat
Enclosed Triplet (Enclosed Tercet)
English Quintain
English Sestet
Epic
Epigram
Epistle
Erasure / Blackout
Essence
Etheree
Fibonacci (Fib)
Florette
Found Poem / Cento
Ghazal
Glosa
Goethe Stanza
Gogyohka
Golden Shovel
Grid
Gwawdodyn
Haiku / Senryu / Tanka / Somonka/ Haibun / Haikrostic / Brazilian Haiku
Half Measure
Heroic Couplet
Heroic Stanza
Hudibrastic
Huitain
Hymnal Measure
Idyll
Inverted Refrain
Katauta
Kennings Riddle
Kingfisher
Kyrielle
Lai (Bergerette) / Virelai / Virelai Ancien
Lanturne (Lanterne)
Limerick / Extended Limerick
Long Measure
Loop / Mixed Loop
Luc Bat / Song That Luc Bat
Lune
Mad Song
Madrigal / Canzone / Canzonetta
Magic Nine
Mathnawi (Masnavi)
Memento
Miku
Minute Poem
Mirror Sestet
Mirrored Refrain
Monchielle Stanza
Monotetra
Motto
Muwashshah
Naani
Nonet (Nonnet)
Nove Otto
Novelinee
Octave / Wreathed Octave
Octelle
Ode / Horatian Ode / Pindaric Ode / Irregular Ode
Open Form / Vers Libre
Ovillejo
Palindrome / Mirror Poem
Pantoum
Paradelle
Pastoral
Pathya Vat
Persona
Pleiades
Prose Poem
Quaternian
Quaterzaine (Quatorzaine)
Quintaine
Quintella (Spanish Quintain)
Quinzaine
Rannaigheacht ghairid
Redondilla
Rhyme Royal / Terza Rima
Rictameter
Rime Couee
Rionnaird Tri-Nard
Rispetto / Ottava Rima / Strambotto Siciliano / Strambotto Toscano / Strambatto Romanguolo
Rondeau / Rondel / Roundel / Rondel Prime / Chaucerian Roundel / Roundelay
Rondine
Ropalic
Roundabout
Rubaiyat
Rubliw
Sapphic
Saraband
Schuttelreim
Sedoka
Septilla (Spanish Septet)
Septolet
Sestet / Wreathed Sestet / Wordsworth Sestet
Sestina / Double Sestina / Pentina
Sevenling
Shadorma
Shakespeare
Sicilian Tercet
Sijo
Sisindiran
Skeltonic Verse / Tumbling Verse / Sprung Rhythm / Cristabel Meter
Slavic Antithesis
Sneadhbairdne
Sonnet / Blues Sonnet / Terza Rima Sonnet / English (Shakespearean) Sonnet / Italian (Petrarchan) Sonnet / Spenserian Sonnet / Dutch Sonnet / French Sonnet / Spanish Sonnet / Australian Sonnet / Brisbane Sonnet / Cornish Sonnet / Cyhydedd Fer Sonnet / Miltonic Sonnet / Byronic Sonnet / Keats Sonnet / Pushkin Sonnet / Curtal Sonnet / Echo Sonnet / Dorn Sonnet / Rosarian Sonnet / Swannet / Wreathed Sonnet / Pantoum Sonnet / Kyrielle Sonnet / Sonnetina
Sound Poem
Spenserian Stanza
Stave Stanza / Envelope Sestet
Stichich
Stichomythia
Tanaga
Tetractys
Thanbauk (Than Bauk)
The Balance
Tricubes
Trijan Refrain
Trinet
Triolet
Tristich / Tercet
Tritina
Triversen
Tybun
Verbless Poem
Villanelle / Terzanelle
Whittle Poem
Wooty
Wreath Octave
Yadu (Ya Du)
ZaniLa
ZipOde