Craft and Structure

  1. Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
1.2 Craft and Structure
Lesson C

Structure within Poetry

Poetry creates word pictures, describes moments, or expresses feelings. There are many different forms of poetry. Two examples of these forms are free verse and lyrical poems. A free verse poem does not rhyme. A lyrical poem uses imagery to express a feeling and uses rhythm, regular meter, and rhyme.

Read the poem below. Then click on the elements of poetry to learn how each is represented in the poem “Rocket.”


We’re in the rocket, set to go.
The lift-off lights begin to glow.
The engines rumble, then they roar.
Can we still run right out the door?

The spacecraft rolls from left to right.
And soon we rocket out of sight.
But wait! It’s over. We’re all safe and sound.
Oh, it was just the simulator spinning round.


The Elements of Poetry

When you have finished learning about all of the elements of poetry, click to go to the practice page.