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Ars Poetica

A term meaning “the art of poetry,” an ars poetica poem expresses that poet's aims for poetry and/or that poet's theories about poetry.


A love poem or song welcoming or lamenting the arrival of the dawn.

Common Measure

A quatrain that rhymes ABAB and alternates four-stress and three-stress iambic lines. It is the meter of the hymn and the ballad.

Concrete or Pattern Poetry

Verse that emphasizes nonlinguistic elements in its meaning, such as a typeface that creates a visual image of the topic


A pair of successive rhyming lines, usually of the same length.


In traditional English poetry, it is often a melancholy poem that laments its subject's death but ends in consolation.

Free Verse

Nonmetrical, nonrhyming lines that closely follow the natural rhythms of speech. A regular pattern of sound or rhythm may emerge in free-verse lines, but the poet does not adhere to a metrical plan in their composition.

(to crave what the light does crave) [if mama / could see] "oh antic God" The Songs of Maximus: SONG 2 A Blind Fisherman A Small Moment Always Something More Beautiful Angels Ars Poetica At the New Year Backdrop addresses cowboy Beginning Break of Day in the Trenches bug’s psalm Camouflaging the Chimera Catch Christmas, 1970 Consider the Hands that Write this Letter Courtesy Danse Russe Deaf-Mute in the Pear Tree Dressing My Daughters Dyed Carnations Earth, You Have Returned to Me End of Days Advice from an Ex-zombie Evolution of My Block Falling: The Code Flying Lesson For the Climbers Fundamentalism Girl Sleuth Glitch gravity furnace Happy Hour Helen Himself Hush I Genitori Perduti I look at the world Ikebana In California: Morning, Evening, Late January In Memoriam: Martin Luther King, Jr. In the Desert Intimate Detail Katrina Kitchen Fable Late Echo Lazy Least Concern Lenten Song Lunar Baedeker Maui’s Mission Meditation on a Grapefruit Mi Historia Mockingbird Moon Mr. Darcy My Voice Nocturne Not Horses Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow Onions Over and Under Peculiar Properties Pilgrims Planetarium Poem for Haruko Prisoners Queens Cemetery, Setting Sun Reflections on History in Missouri Respiration Rocket Saint Francis and the Sow Scale Self-Inquiry before the Job Interview Semi-Splendid Sheltered Garden Siren Song Somewhere Southern Gothic Stone Canyon Nocturne Surfaces That Country The Appalachian Book of the Dead The Bloody Sire The Calm The Emerald Mosque on the Hill The Film The Goddess Who Created This Passing World The Greatest Grandeur The Luggage The Negro Speaks of Rivers The Oldest Living Thing in L.A. The River of Bees The Strength of Fields The Well Rising Then and Now Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird To Live with a Landscape to the notebook kid Totem Pole Turning the Tables Ultima Thule Vagrants and Loiterers Waiheke What pleasure a question, Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper Xenophobia Zacuanpapalotls
[Buffalo Bill 's] [in Just-] from Stanzas in Meditation: Stanza 83 300 Goats A Kind of Meadow Abecedarian Requiring Further Examination of Anglikan Seraphym Subjugation of a Wild Indian Rezervation American Smooth Apollo At Noon Australasian Darters Banneker Big City Speech Bright Copper Kettles Burning the Old Year Carnival Cathedral of Salt Clear Night Constantly Risking Absurdity (#15) Cow Song Dead Butterfly Diameter Driving toward the Lac Qui Parle River Early Elegy: Headmistress Eating Together Eve Revisited Ex Machina Famous For a Traveler Frieze Future Memories Gitanjali 35 Good People Greed Harold & the Purple Crayon Here Is an Ear Hear Holding Court I Am the People, the Mob I Hear America Singing I, Too In In Little Rock In Memory of Joe Brainard Inside Out Istanbul 1983 Key to the Dollar Store Kites Late Summer Le Maudit Leda Lions Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota Mechanism Medusa Midnight Office Momma Said Mothers mulberry fields Negative Nocturne Now I Pray On the Existence of the Soul Oranges Passing Perhaps the World Ends Here Pinocchio Pleasures Possible Answers to Prayer Propositions Rabbits and Fire Refusing Silence Retired Ballerinas, Central Park West Saguaro Sanctuary Sea Church Self-Portrait September, 1918 Siblings Snake Oil, Snake Bite Somewhere Thuban Is Fading Speak Sunshower Susie Asado The Angelfish Greet Odysseus The Bad Old Days The Blue Booby The Campus on the Hill The End of Science Fiction The Forecast The Golden Shovel The Hill The Minks The Night of the Shirts The Poet The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter The True-Blue American The Wheel Revolves There Are Birds Here Through a Glass Eye, Lightly To Myself Today Toy Boat Twilight Under the Lemon Tree Very Large Moth Waking from Sleep When the saints went Who Said It Was Simple Y2K
[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] “No, I wasn’t meant to love and be loved” The Songs of Maximus: SONG 1 A Blessing A Noiseless Patient Spider Advection Blues And Soul Arrhythmia At the Holiday Gas Station Author’s Prayer Barber Black Boys Play the Classics Brother, I’ve seen some Cadillac Moon Carousel Chickamauga Cloud Fishing Corn Maze Coyote, with Mange Dead Reckoning III Dream Song 14 Dust Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest El Olvido Everybody Believes They Are the Good Guy Fairy-tale Logic First Storm and Thereafter For Love From Blossoms Ghost Dance Glass Grandfather Hanging Fire Harold’s Chicken Shack #86 High Noon at Los Alamos Hunger for Something I Eat Breakfast to Begin the Day I Know, I Remember, But How Can I Help You If They Should Come for Us In a Dark Room In Love, His Grammar Grew In the Basement of the Goodwill Store Interlude It Isn’t Me Kindness Last Snow Layabout Learning to swim Legacy Little Father Make a Law So That the Spine Remembers Wings Meditation at Lagunitas Memory As a Hearing Aid Mighty Pawns Monstrance Man Movement Song My Brother the Artist, at Seven Night Nurse Not Guilty Ode to the Midwest On the Lawn at the Villa Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark Past-Lives Therapy Pietà Piute Creek Poem (I lived in the first century of world wars) Prayer Rug Queen-Anne’s Lace Rain of Statues Remarks on Poetry and the Physical World Rock Me, Mercy Saguaros Say Grace Seen Through a Window Semblance: Screens Sharks' Teeth Sign for My Father, Who Stressed the Bunt So This Is Nebraska Song of Weights and Measurements Squirrels Superfluities Tasting Braille The animals in that country The Bear The Bookshelf of the God of Infinite Space The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee The Enigma The Garden The Good in the Evil World The Lamb The Moonlight The Old Liberators The Rain The Robots are Coming The Truly Great Their Story They are hostile nations To Elsie To the Harbormaster Torque Truth Serum Two Guitars Undress Vision in Which the Final Blackbird Disappears Watching the Perseids Where the Wild Things Go Women Like Me Youth


These poems are largely concerned with the use of strong and evocative images to create a highly visual, imaginative reading experience.


A comparison that is made without pointing out a similarity by using words such as “like,” “as,” or “than.”

Rhymed Stanza

The repetition of syllables, typically at the end of a verse line.


A 14-line poem with a variable rhyme scheme. Literally a “little song,” the sonnet traditionally reflects upon a single sentiment, with a clarification or “turn” of thought in its concluding lines.