What Are Poetry Genres?

Hello Poetteers,

Genre means the type of art, literature or music characterized by a specific form, content, and style. Poetry genres are any literary genres like sci-fi, fantasy, etc. While researching I found this: “three major genres: epic poetry, lyric poetry, and dramatic poetry, treating comedy and tragedy as subgenres of dramatic poetry."

Poetry falls under two categories: classic and contemporary. I think the poetry genre I write is narrative. Narrative poetry is a form of poetry that tells a story, often making the voices of a narrator and characters as well; the entire story is usually written in metered verse. Narrative poems do not have to follow rhythmic patterns. Narrative poetry can be broken down into different themes like culture, faith, experiences, love, nature. If there is someone out there who better understands poetry genres, let me know if I’m correct or not. I want to try writing more dark poems, fantasy poems, and humorous poems.

Here are a couple questions to ask yourself when figuring out your poetry genre:
  • What are your poems about?
  • How do your poems feel?
  • What pattern, rhyme or form do your poems follow?
Stay inspired,