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What is a narrative poem?

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A narrative poem is a poem that tells a story. This type of poem is usually written in metered verse and makes use of the narrator and the characters voices. Types of narrative poems include epics, ballads and lays.

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What is a narrative poem?
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Long narrative poems often take the form of a novel that is set in verse. A romance is a long narrative poem that tells a story of chivalry, and they also may include tales from classic mythology. Shorter narrative poems are very similar in terms to that of a short story and are often placed together in interrelated groups or collections, such as the "Canterbury Tales."

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