Poetry Types

HAIKU

3 lines

Line 1 – 5 syllables
Line 2 – 7 syllables
Line 3 – 5 syllables

(or alternative  structure 3/5/3)

 

PANTOUM

Four x 4 line stanzas with the following line pattern (structure)

Stanza 1 –  Line 1, line 2 , line 3 , line 4
Stanza 2 – Line 2, line 5, line 4, line 6
Stanza 3 – Line 5, line 7, line 6, line 8
Stanza 4 – Line 7, line 3, line 8, line 1

 

SHADORMA

One (or more) six line stanza/s (sestet)

Line 1 – 3 syllables
Line 2 – 5 syllables
Line 3 – 3 syllables
Line 4 – 3 syllables
Line 5 – 7 syllables
Line 6 – 5 syllables
(total of 26 syllables)

 

TANKA

5 lines

Line 1 – 5 syllables
Line 2 – 7 syllables
Line 3 – 5 syllables
Line 4 & 5 – 7 syllables