Definition of micropoetry:

A poem of any description that obeys the rule of 12 which is that the poem must not contain more than 12 lines or take longer than 12 seconds to recite.

Abbreviations used: L=line ABBA where L1 & L4 rhyme and L2 & L3 also rhyme S=syllable

Some types of Micro-poetry:

  1. Alphabet - Poem uses new letter for start each line

  1. Limerick - A 5L poem with a distinctive rhythm, where rhyme is AABBA

  1. Haiku - 3L poem, L1=5S, L2=7S & L3=5S, total 17S

  1. Micro-narrative - poetic story in 12 lines or less

    1. Saroyan - one word poem thats an instant picture
    1. five word poems
    1. six word poems
    1. seven word poems
    1. Epic - poem that uses 12 lines and 12 seconds

  1. Free Verse - any micro-poem that does not follow known rules

  1. Couplet - A poem of two lines

  1. Tercet - A poem of three lines

  1. Quatrain - Poem or part of a poem of 4 lines

  1. Acrostic - Last letter each L combined forms poems subject spelled out

  1. Micro-Bio - A biographical insight to the poet

  1. Cinquain - 5 line poem ABCDA or 2S, 4S, 6S, 8S then 2S.

  1. Concrete - the poem forms a shape
    1. Square poems
    1. Round poems
    1. Diamante - forms a diamond
    1. Box - forms a rectangle

14.
Emotion - poem describes an emotion in form L1 States, L2 Smells through
tastes, sounds, feels, looks, then emotion is.

15.
Micro-Pantoum - Quatrain then of that L2 & L4 become L1 & L3 Stanza (4 lines) then same repeated for third stanza, total 12 lines.

16.
Micro-Sonnet - couplet followed by 2 quatrains then a couplet (12 lines).

17.
Micro-Villanelle - 3 Tercets of the form ABA with a concluding tercet

18.
Tanka - 31 syllables long. It is unrhymed and has units of 5, 7, 5, 7, and 7 syllables, which were traditionally printed as one unbroken line.