Narrative poetry is poetry that tells a story.

In its broadest sense, it includes epic poetry;

some would reserve the name narrative poetry for works on a smaller scale

and generally with more direct appeal to human interest than the epic.


An example of a narrative poem would be

The Raven

by Edgar Allan Poe




She had come to leave his heart
they had been apart numerous times,
but as they ended, he sought solace in rhymes.
Words and verse of how she had come to depart.

She was a gentle soul, a vision for his eyes
soothing and healing, appealing to his senses –
he stood unprotected, without defenses,
anguished by the sound of her cries.

He felt tears welling as well,
for he could tell she would not be returning.
In his heart of sadness, he was yearning
for love to be enough, but it was instead a hell,

a fiery disposition, a fatal condition
that devoured her in ways neither expected.
Again rejected, a warrior with his love unprotected
a painfully unconditional contradiction.

To his fate he was resigned for she would be bereft him.
Life did things in its due time
as he realized that there was no solace in rhyme.
He waved solemnly as his fallen angel had left him.

© Walter J. Wojtanik – 2020