About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering types of poetry will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn types of poetry. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding, recognizing and reading types of poetry
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning English (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about types of poetry
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra English learning resources
How It Works:
- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the Types of Poetry chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Types of Poetry chapter exam to be prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any types of poetry question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students Will Review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a poetry unit of a standard poetry course. Topics covered include:
- Forms of American poetry
- Metaphysical, epic, and romantic poetry
- Ballads and sonnets
- Acrostic and traditional poetry
- Beat poetry and free verse
- Prose poetry
- Clerihew and villanelle poems
- Imagist poets and poetry
- Narrative and confessional poetry
1. Identifying Forms in American Poetry
There is more to poetry than symbolism and imagery. This lesson will help you figure out meter and rhyme schemes in poetry, with some classic American poems as examples.
2. Metaphysical Poetry: Definition, Characteristics & Examples
It's extremely intelligent and witty. It is deeply religious but is also sure to be ironic and cynical. Learn about metaphysical poetry and how it takes on the questions that can't be answered by science.
3. Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories
Learn about epic poetry in the ancient world. Explore two epic poems, ''Gilgamesh'' and ''The Iliad'' and discover the information these poems contain about the cultures that created them.
4. Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works
Like the French Revolution that helped inspire it, the Romantic poetry movement signaled massive, controversial changes with ramifications that are still being felt today. Watch this video lesson for an introduction to Romantic poetry, including descriptions of the major authors and significant works.
5. What is a Ballad Poem? - Definition, Structure & Examples
Ballad poems, folk ballads. . . they're all the same, right? Not exactly. Find out the difference in this lesson, where you'll learn about ballad poems, their structure and get to see a couple examples of this poetic genre.
6. Sonnets: Definition & Examples
If you want to profess your love in a poem, you might not think to look back a few hundred years for inspiration. Learn how some of the greatest poets in history used the sonnet to woo their lovers.
7. The Beat Generation: Characteristics of Beat Poetry
It's a movement that began with a howl, and it had a major impact on both poetry and culture in America. In this lesson, we'll cover the Beat Generation and review the defining characteristics of their style.
8. What Is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition
Did you know that Walt Whitman, who lived in the mid-1800s, was influential in shaping the American identity? Find out how his writing style is connected to the King James Bible and the famous Beat poet Allen Ginsberg.
9. The Imagist Movement: Poems, Examples & Key Poets
The Imagist movement in modern poetry focused on describing objects as opposed to the long philosophical discussions of traditional poetry. Read on to find out more about Imagism and read poems by two of its founders, H.D. and Amy Lowell.
10. Elegy Poems: Definition & Examples
For centuries, people have expressed their grief for the loss of loved ones in elegies. Learn how the elegy differs from the eulogy and how Don McLean's 'American Pie' falls into the ranks of Walt Whitman's 'O Captain! My Captain!'
11. Narrative Poems: Types & Examples
Some of history's most famous heroes have been immortalized in narrative poetry: King Arthur, Odysseus, and even Jed Clampett. From Homer to Chaucer to Poe to The Beverly Hillbillies, narrative poetry has been used to preserve some of the world's greatest stories.
12. Villanelle Poems: Definition, Form & Examples
In this lesson you will discover a specific fixed-form poem that comes from the French: the villanelle. You will learn the structure of this poem and analyze an example.
13. Sylvia Plath and Confessional Poetry
Confessional poetry changed everything regarding what a poem could be written about. In this lesson, we'll study Sylvia Plath, a pioneer of the form. We'll also consider W.D. Snodgrass, Anne Sexton and Robert Lowell.
14. Anglo-Saxon Poetry: Characteristics & Examples
In this lesson, we will review the general history of Anglo-Saxon society and its era. Then we will look closer at the characteristics of the literature, specifically the poetry, of that era.
15. Acrostic Poem: Definition & Examples
Though they may seem like simple forms of poetry today, acrostic poems have a history of depth and creativity that has crossed many centuries and time zones. Read on to find out how to write an acrostic poem, and who has used this poetic form in their own writings.
16. Traditional Poems: Definition & Examples
Can you pick out a haiku when you see it? That's because it's a type of traditional poem that many of us should be able to identify. Read this lesson to find out more about traditional poems and see a few of these old-fashioned favorites!
17. Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Biography, Poems & Paintings
The lesson details the life and works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a prominent artist, poet, and writer of the 19th century. Learn about how medieval Italian art and the Renaissance style influenced his works, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
18. Donald Hall: Biography, Books & Poems
Donald Hall is well-known for his work as an American poet, but did you know that he has also written many books, including children's literature? In this lesson, you will learn about the biography, books, and poems of Donald Hall.
19. Tristan Tzara: Poems and Dada Manifesto
Tristan Tzara (1896-1963) is one of the most influential creators of Dadaism, the literary and artistic movement from the first half of the 20th Century. In this lesson we will explore Tzara's life and writings.
20. 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.
21. Roundel Poem: Definition, Structure & Examples
A roundel is a graceful form of traditional poetry used in the English language. This lesson will give some background on the poet who devised this particular form, describe the form itself, and offer some examples.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 95 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 2,000 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.