Inferring Mood in Poetry


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How can the words chosen in a poem bring out the poem's mood?

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1. What are the three main tools poets have to create mood?

2. Which of the following is not an image?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Some of our best known poets have a knack for capturing emotions in their works, but how do they accomplish this? These quiz and worksheet questions will test you on the tools that poets use to establish mood in a poem. You'll need to be able to identify these elements in a given example.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessment tools will measure your knowledge of:

  • The three main tools poets use to create mood
  • What is considered a 'complex' poem on the AP exam
  • How words convey mood in a poem

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the tools used by poets in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can correctly interpret information about the importance of word choice to create a poem's mood
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to identify examples of poetic tools in a sample poem
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the AP literature test

Additional Learning

To ensure your understanding, refer to the corresponding lesson, Inferring Mood in Poetry. Use the following objectives to guide your study of the lesson:

  • Define mood as it pertains to a poem
  • Understand what acoustics in a poem are
  • Learn tips for the AP literature exam
  • Describe how each of the three main devices help to build the mood of a poem