Ten years in the making, A Poet's Glossary (Harcourt, 2014) is a followup to former Academy Chancellor Edward Hirsch’s best-selling book How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (Harcourt, 1999). Readers called for an expansion of the book's addendum of poetic terms, and Hirsch responded by creating an international and inclusive collection. With terms ranging from abededarian to zeugma, Hirsch brings us along on a journey that includes basic poetic terms alongside forms from poetry around the world.

We're proud to feature more than forty individual entries from A Poet's Glossary. Browse the following poetic terms and forms below:

  • Aisling
  • Bird Song
  • Bhakti Poetry
  • Couplet
  • Doha
  • Elegy
  • Elliptical Poetry
  • Epic
  • Epigram
  • Filídh
  • Fragment
  • Free Verse
  • Futurism
  • Hudibrastic Verse
  • Incantation
  • Lament
  • Letter Poem, Epistle
  • Line
  • Lullaby
  • Naked Poetry
  • Nature Poetry
  • Negative Capability
  • Nocturne
  • Oral-Formulaic Method
  • Organic Form
  • Oríkì
  • Pantoum
  • Poetic Contest
  • Poetic Diction
  • Poetry
  • Political Poetry
  • Prose Poem
  • Proverb
  • Repetition
  • Riddle
  • Saudade
  • Stanza
  • The Sublime
  • Surrealism
  • Tanka
  • Terza Rima
  • Tlamatine
  • Translation
  • Verbless Poetry
  • Verse Novel

All entries are excerpted from A Poet’s Glossary by Edward Hirsch. Copyright © 2014 by Edward Hirsch. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

A Poet's Glossary

A Poet's Glossary