Poetic Techniques

Stanzas give poems structure and organization. They break apart different parts of the poem based on rhyming scheme or thoughts.

Stanzas - Couplet, Tercet And Quatrain

by Tynea Lewis more by Tynea Lewis

Published on February 2014

Just like other forms of writing, poetry needs to be organized. Stanzas provide a structure for that organization. Each stanza is made up of a varying number of lines, just like paragraphs are made up of sentences. Each line can be a phrase or complete sentence, depending on the format of the poem. When put together in a stanza, these lines convey a larger idea. Many poets use one of these common formats to create stanzas. Certain types of poems also use a combination of them.


A couplet is a set of two lines that usually rhyme. One More © Maranda G. Brice When the sunny skies turn from blue to gray, I can't help but wonder just what you would say? I wonder if you know how many lives you have touched, Do you know that people here love you so much? Can you even know how many dreams you made come true, Or if you can hear the voices saying I love you? Do you know how many lives you have changed, And how many lives you completely rearranged? I wish I could have just one more year, Because I can't picture the rest of my life without you here. Just another chance to spend the night, and share a laugh, Another day of school with you is what I'd like to have. Do you know you'll be greatly missed by us all? Just one more time I want to hear you're voice when I call. Just one more laugh, one more time to see you walk through the door Another smile, another story, another hug, another day...Just one more. Examples of poems with couplets: You Were Inside Me If Only I Knew Inside Out Lost In The Past Make It Green Childhood Why Play At Being Real? All Good Things Come To An End Brothers


A tercet is a set of three lines that may or may not rhyme. A Minute © Patricia A. Gordon Every one young or old Needs someone to listen As their stories are told The difference is yours to make A minute from your busy day Is all it would take Take a minute and lend an ear Listen intently To what you hear Take a minute and you will see Just how powerful Listening can be Take a minute to offer a smile and a touch You sincerity Means so much Take a minute and simply be kind A friend for life May be what you find. Examples of poems with tercets: Remember In Time


A quatrain is a set of four lines that may or may not rhyme. The Butterfly © Andres Diaz With a symphony of colors Spread on her wings, She strolls in the garden With a light footprint. She smile to the flowers, She flew by the pond, And freshen her breath By kissing the rose. Examples of poems with quatrains: Never Stop Being You I Wish I Wasn't Alone Life Without You How Can I Forget? Love's Frist Words Mask

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