Some poems tell stories. These poems tend to be quite long and often rhyme. Before writing and books were common, people used narrative poetry to tell stories. The rhymes and the rhythm made the stories easy to remember and pass on to other people.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a good example of a narrative poem.
It tells the story of a sailor left alone on a boat when the rest of the crew dies.
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