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The form of a poem dictates how it appears on the page and how the poet deals with his or her materialAs with all writing tasks the poet needs to begin by asking What kind of poem am I writing What is my audience What is my purposeSome of the purpose answers might be to tell a story to describe a scene to express an emotion to make a comment on life to tell a joke to advance an argument The next question might be What kind of poem shall I write Some answers to this question might be a song a ballad an ode a hymn a haiku free verse a sonnet a rap an epic The poets choice of form might be influenced by the audience being aimed at but it is more likely to be determined by the nature of the material For instance a rap is a good way of expressing emotion and telling a story but it might not go down well with old age pensioners Different forms have different strengths and weaknesses For example Haikus are good for describing and expressing emotions but not much use for telling stories Limericks are good ways of telling jokes but not ideally suited for expressing deep emotions Ballads are good for telling stories but arent used often to express arguments Sonnets are a very good way of reflecting on a scene or an idea but are not well suited to story telling
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