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Poetry 101: What Is Poetic Form? Learn About 15 Different Types of Poems

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 16, 2021 • 4 min read

Human poetry dates back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Since that time, the artform has continued to evolve, taking on different forms to serve a wide range of artistic intentions. From sonnets and epics to haikus and villanelles, here are some of history’s most enduring poetic forms.

Here you’ll find the 15 most common types of poems with examples.