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AP English: Poetry - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
From the simple rhymes of childhood to the thought-provoking and challenging works found in high school literature books, you've likely been exposed to numerous forms of poetry throughout your life. So how you would you define poetry? What separates lines of prose from lines of a poem? In this chapter, you will explore the elements that define poetry and also learn how to analyze poems' themes and language choices. By the time you complete the lessons, you'll know about topics such as:
- How rhythm, sounds and rhymes impact poems
- What stanzas are
- How to analyze a poem's mood, emotion and themes
- What the difference between similes and metaphors are
- How imagery and symbolism are used in poetry
- What figurative language is
|Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds||Discover the effect of sounds and rhymes in poems.|
|Elements of Poetry: Rhythm||Explore the role of rhythm as a key element of poetry.|
|How to Analyze Emotion in Poetry||Examine how writers create emotion in their poems.|
|What is a Stanza in Poetry? - Definition, Examples & Quiz||Learn about the structure and function of stanzas in poetry.|
|Similes, Metaphors & Personification in Poetry||Take a look at the uses and impact of similes, metaphors and personification in poems.|
|Imagery, Symbolism & Juxtaposition in Poetry||Study the uses and effects of symbolism, imagery and juxtaposition in poems.|
|Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry||Find out how to analyze and make inferences using a poem's figurative language.|
|Inferring Mood in Poetry||Examine ways to analyze a poem to determine the writer's intended mood.|
|Interpreting a Poem's Main Idea & Theme||Explore how to find the themes and main ideas in poems.|
|End Rhyme in Poetry: Definition, Examples & Quiz||Examine examples of end rhyme in poetry.|
|Prose Poems: Definition & Famous Examples||Define prose poems and look over various examples.|
1. Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds
Many poems rhyme, but there is often more going on in terms of the sounds of the words than just what happens at the ends of the lines. This lesson explores some of the nuances of rhyme and sound in poetry.
2. Elements of Poetry: Rhythm
Poetry often has a defined beat or rhythm. In this lesson, you'll review the most common forms of poetic rhythm before diving deeper into how those rhythms influence the overall effect of the poem.
3. How to Analyze Emotion in Poetry
Poetry often begins with emotion and finishes with profound insights about human nature. In this lesson, you'll learn how to recognize emotion in poems. By understanding those feelings, you'll gain a broader understanding of literature.
4. What is a Stanza in Poetry? - Definition & Examples
Want to find out what poems and houses have in common? In this lesson, we'll explore the 'rooms' that stanzas create in poetry, drawing on examples from Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Frost, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Elizabeth Bishop, and Lord Byron.
5. Similes, Metaphors & Personification in Poetry
Comparison is the basis of figurative language, and the most common forms of poetic comparison are simile, metaphor, and personification. In this lesson, you'll define all three terms and see several examples of each.
6. Imagery, Symbolism & Juxtaposition in Poetry
Poetry is a dense and rich form of literature. In this lesson you'll learn about how imagery, symbolism, and juxtaposition work to add depth to poetry. You'll also learn some tips for taking the AP Literature exam.
7. Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry
Poetry is difficult to define, but there's one characteristic that most poems share - figurative language. In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify and draw inferences from figurative language.
8. Inferring Mood in Poetry
Poets have a variety of tools to use to create mood. In this lesson, you'll learn about three of these tools and how you can use that knowledge to infer mood. You'll also learn how this skill applies specifically to the AP Literature exam.
9. Interpreting a Poem's Main Idea & Theme
Many poems have both a main idea and a theme. In this lesson, you'll learn techniques for finding both in poetry by studying a sample poem. Afterward, you can test your understanding with a short quiz.
10. End Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will define end rhyme. We will also cover why some poets and songwriters choose to use it. Then, we will identify examples of end rhyme by looking at stanzas from classic poems and from a popular nursery rhyme.
11. Prose Poems: Definition & Famous Examples
What exactly is a prose poem? In this lesson, we will define prose poems, analyze characteristics of prose poetry, and learn about a few famous examples. We will wrap up the lesson with a short quiz to test our knowledge.
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Other chapters within the AP English Literature: Exam Prep course
- AP English: Literary Analysis Intro
- AP English: Interpreting Literature
- AP English: Rhetorical Devices
- AP English: Types of Poetry
- AP English: Prose
- AP English: Prose Fiction
- AP English: American Literary Periods and Movements
- AP English: Examples of American Literary Analysis
- AP English: English Literary Periods and Movements
- AP English: Examples of English Literary Analysis
- AP English: Grammar Review
- AP English: Essay Basics: Types of Essay
- AP English - Essay Basics: Conventions in Essay Writing
- AP English: Beginning the Writing Process
- AP English: Writing & Structuring an Essay
- AP English: Writing Revision and Skill Development