ESSENTIAL home learning for (all) Yr 11s

Write a definition of form for a Year 7 student. If he/she cannot understand it, do you fully understand it yourself?

This is essential if you are going to succeed with your poetry controlled assessment in week beginning 14 October.

Write your definition in the comments box below (before looking at your peers’!)

Mr Legowski


14 thoughts on “ESSENTIAL home learning for (all) Yr 11s

  1. Georgia

    Form is a poetic device that is written by following a set of rules. An example of some of these rules could be the number of lines or number of syllables used.

  2. Harriet

    Form is the way that poems can be structured by following rules associated with organization meter and content. Using these in specific ways can change how the poem is read.

  3. dartmouthacademyeng Post author

    Thanks to Harriet and Georgia for your prompt responses. Remember, everyone, I shall ask Miss Durman or Miss Anslow to test your definitions on their Year 7 students to see if they understand them. If they don’t, it’ll be back to the drawing board, as they say.
    Mr Legowski.

  4. tilly

    The form is the type of poem, such as a ballad or a sonnet. Sometimes the form isn’t obvious so you can look for clues in the content, structure or meter. For example if the content of the poem is very sad and thoughtful this usually means its a lament, or if the meter of the poem is in iambic pentameter then it could be a sonnet.

  5. Rhiannon

    Form is the structure of the poem, depending on the content (what is actually in the poem), the structure (whether it rhymes every other line or so) or the meter (the rhythm of the poem, or based on the amount of syllables per line). The form tells us what kind of poem it is, based on these key things to look out for. If a poem has 10 syllables, then it would be classed as a ‘sonnet’, or if a poem’s content has a sad mood to it then this would be classed as a lament. To ‘lament’ something means to grieve, or to go through a state of emotional instability, in other words to be upset at a loss of a person or something close. A ballad is a form of poem that tells a story, often associated with music when the song tells a story that has events follow each other in an organized manner.

  6. Alix Hopley

    Form is the physical structure of a poem. There are different types of forms like: Elegy, Narrative, ballad and an epic. An elegy is a lament, a poem of grieving and sadness. A Ballad is a poem telling a story. An epic is a poem that has no specific structure, but it tells a story, it is a quite long poem and is quite deep and serious.

  7. Mary Anne Johnson

    Form is the structure of a poem and there are many different types of form. To understand the form of a poem, you can look into different aspects. For instance, the content, (whats in the poem) the meter, (the rythm/amount of syllables in each line) or the organisation (how the poem is written/how many lines in each stanza eg.couplet,triplet) can all help to aid your understanding of the form overall.

  8. Jake

    The form of a poem is the way it is written and there are many different types that poems are classed as. Narrative is an example of form and is is a type of poem that tells a story.

  9. Sapphire

    Form, in poetry, can be understood as the physical structure of the poem: the length of the lines, their rhythms, their system of rhymes and repetition. Moreover, it is normally reserved for the type of poem where these features have been shaped into a pattern, usually repeated and familiarised.
    Another idea of “form” is to refer to these familiar patterns – these can be simple and open-ended forms, such as blank verse, or can be a complex system of rhymes, rhythms and repeated lines within a fixed number of lines, such as a sonnet.

  10. Olivia Kennard

    Form is the structure of the poem which gives it certain characteristics to help give a certain effect on the reader. The things used in form include organisation of the poem, the context (what is in it) of the poem and the meter (any type of rhyme or pattern) found in the poem itself.

  11. Josie

    Form, in poetry, is the physical structure of the poem, for example, the length of the line, the rhythmic tune that helps the person reading the poem to read it smoothly. The poet uses a certain amount of syllables to make this happen. There are many different types of form for example a ballad which is a form of poetry that alternates lines of four and three beats.

  12. Kayleigh

    The form of a poem is how the poem is written/structured. The form of a poem determines the amount of syllables used in a line which effects the rhythm of the poem, It also determines what type of poem it is.

  13. India

    Form, in poetry is understood as the structure of a poem: the length of lines, their rhythms, the system of their rhymes and repitition. The form tells us what sort of poem it is,for example: a lyric poem is a short poem which explores a state of feelings rather than nartating an event that is going to happen or that has already been and gone.


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