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American Verse is relatively new on the literary scene. America represents a break from its European ancestors and a new culture with new traditions. In the beginning American poetry was pretty much discounted by European standards as crude and uncultured. However by the 19th century American artists had taken their place among the worlds best. American poetry has come to be recognized as innovative and industrious. Longfellow, Dickinson, Whitman, Frost, ee cummings, William Carlos Williams and Langston Hughes are a very few of the noted poets that lead the way for American poetry. And recently with the advent of on line poetic communities, many invented forms have emerged from not so well known American poets. (Most of these invented forms appear in the Invented Forms forum but I include them below as a link.)

Here is Walt Whitman, the quintessential American poet, mourning the death of his President, Abraham Lincoln.
O Captain! My Captain by Walt Whitman 1819-1892

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done, The ship has weather'd every rack,
the prize we sought is won, The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring; But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red, Where on the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells; Rise up- for you the flag is flung- for
you the bugle trills,

For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths- for you the shores
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

Afflatus Amaranth American Sentence Amphion Analogue Arabesque
Arkaham Ballad Baccresieze Bagarthach Verse Balance Blues Sonnet Blues Stanza
Boutoniere Bragi Brevee Briolette Bryant Cadae Verse
Cadence Cameo Canopus Catena Rondo Chained Sonnet Cinq Cinquain
Cinq Tois Deca La Cinquino Circulet Côte Crapsey Cinquain Cromorna
Cross Limerick Curtal Quatrain Cycle Cyclus Decanelle Decathlon
Deten Diamante Dionol Dipodic Quatrain Dixdeux Double Chant Royal
Double Cinquain Double Refrain Ballade Supreme Double Refrain Chant Royal Doublet Dream Song Dr Stella
Duni Eintou Etheree Fialka Fibonacci or Fibb Fletcher
Forget me Not Frieze Gardenia Haikuette Hautt Hourglass
Infinite Gloss Johnn Joybell Kerf >Kwansaba Kyrielle Dialogue
Kyrielle Hymn Lady Slipper Lanterne Latova Laurel Lavelle
Left Handed Poem Logolilt Louise Lyra Chord Lyrelle LuVailean Sonnet
Lyrelle Mad Calf Mad Cow Manardina Margeda Marianne
Martian Poetry Medallion Metric Pyramid Minuette Nasher Couplet Neville
Palette Paradelle Pendulum Pensee Quinnette Quintanelle
Quintette Quintiles Rap Rengo Renkay Repete
Ripple Echo Rosemary Russell Sacred Signia Saga San Hsien
Sardine Scallop Seafonn Serena Sestennelle Seox
Septanelle Sevenelle Shadorma Sheshire Short Heroic Sestet Sonnette
Spenserian Quintilla Spine Poem Split Sestet Spoon River Verse Star Sevlin Stellar
Stevenson Sweetbriar Swinburne Taylor Teddy Verse Termelay
Terzanelle Trench Trenta Sei Trianglet Trilinea Trillium
Triquain Trio Triversen Troisieme Tulip Veltanelle
Vers de Societe Verso-Rhyme Vignette Violette Virelet Wavelet
wheelbarrow Yeats Octave ZaniLa Rhyme Zany ZigZag Five Zanze Zenith

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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