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Narrative poems, or “Narrative poetry” are probably the oldest form of poetry known to man. They are poems that tell an entire story, and in days when modern printing did not exist, and few men could read, the rhyme and tempo of an epic poem made them easier to remember and listen to. Beginning with epic narrative poems such as “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” the art form has progressed with the mythical narrative poem of the hero “Beowulf”, and into more modern times such as the memorable narrative poem “The Song of Hiawatha” by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Lord Tennyson, the powerful and prolific narrative poetry of my personal hero, Rudyard Kipling, and so many others.

These are the type of poems I write. I write narrative poetry, also sometimes known as “speculative poetry”, “storybook poetry”, and “flash fiction”. Narrative poems about castles and dragons. Great kings, and brave knights. Wizards, and witches. And yes, even more modern themes such as my very popular narrative poem “The Yellow Ribbon“, or my very Kipling-like narrative poem, “A British Soldier in Zululand“.

I don’t write narrative poems deliberately. That’s just how I’ve always written. It seems natural, and comes naturally. It is a form I am totally comfortable with whether in verse, free form, or occasionally a combination of styles.

However, if you love stories — you’ve come to the right place, and quite frankly, as far as contemporary narrative poems — I think you’ll find the best of them here on my site. Plus, I’ll take a bold step forward and say that I think this is the best narrative poetry website in the nation, by a contemporary single (living) poet. 

Whatever, I hope you’ll love the poems, and also hope you’ll take the time to write in a comment, however brief. Without the feedback from supporters — I tend to withdraw from poetry altogether. I need to know how it affects you in order to be inspired to write more.

With that — Welcome to the #1 top single poet narrative poetry site in the nation.

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