2.33 Narrative Poems

Narrative poetry, if you did not already know it, is simply a poem that tells a story—a narrative. Just like a work of fiction follows the structure of a story with a plot, setting, characters, and theme. A narrative poem even follows all the features of a plot, or Freytag’s Pyramid: exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution and denouement. Traditionally, narrative poems did not have to have a rhyme scheme but did follow a metrical pattern, or meter. Poems like ballads and odes are narrative poetry styles that again, traditionally, have a meter built in. Let’s discuss the the ballad and get to the ode ater in the course.

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