How the Structure of a Poem or Drama Contributes to Meaning


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How can an author use the form of poetry and drama to support his/her message?

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1. Which is the method of using rhyming words at the end of lines in poetry to influence the rhythm and create emphasis on an idea?

2. In Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, the beginning of the play shows Hamlet in agony over his father's recent death. What is this an example of?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The structure of a poem or dramatic play has a direct effect on its meaning. You'll be asked to identify the ways in which authors, playwrights, and poets use different techniques and form to bring out meaning in their work.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The following questions will ask you about:

  • How authors are able to use poetic and dramatic form as a way to support their messages
  • Which poetic method emphasizes ideas by rhyming words
  • What technique is used in the introduction to Shakespeare's Hamlet
  • What term is used for brief scenes that occur out of a play's timeline
  • How suspense is built in a play's final act

Skills Practiced

Skills practiced include:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Shakespeare to answer questions about the techniques he uses to create meaning in his plays
  • Reading comprehension - be sure to draw the most important information from the related lesson on poetry and drama structure and their relation to meaning
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding poetic techniques

Additional Learning

If you want to gain a more thorough understanding of this concept, read the related lesson, How the Structure of a Poem or Drama Contributes to Meaning. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand parallel plots
  • Define structure of poetry and drama
  • Learn why structure is an important element of literature