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Children's Literature: Poetry

Research guide for Children's Literature

About the Genre

Poetry is difficult to define. A literary style with carefully chosen words, it often expresses feelings and emotions.  Sometimes it is rhythmic in style.

The following are elements of poetry:

  • Rhythm
  • Rhyme
  • Sound
  • Imagery
  • Figurative Language
  • Shape

From Kiefer, B., & Tyson C. (2009). Charlotte Huck's children's literature: A brief guide. McGraw-Hill.