These are verse forms which have a fixed structure - sometimes a single stanza, but sometimes not - which defines an entire poem and is not repeated. A well-known example is the limerick. When you've finished your five-line limerick stanza, that's it. You don't find poems made up of several limericks. (Well, occasionally you do, but that's just when people are trying hard to be different).
Ballade * Ballade Royal * Chant Royal * Clerihew * Curtal Sonnet * Englyn * Glose * Limerick * Pleiadic * Rondeau * Rondeau Redoublé * Rondel * Rondelet * Rondine * Roundel * Sestina * Song That Loc Bat Sonnet * Sonnet * Than-Bauk * Triolet * Villancico * Villanelle * Virelai Post-Moderne
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