Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples


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What does 'meter' mean?

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1. How many stanzas are usually in a sonnet?

2. What is a couplet?

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About This Quiz and Worksheet

Poetry is set apart from prose in several ways. Word choice, structure, and word sounds play a part in defining meaning in a poem. Use these practice questions to check your understanding of the formal and structural aspects of poetry. You will be assessed on vocabulary terms and concepts such as meter and stanza.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In this assessment, you will be tested on concepts such as:

  • The number of syllables in an iamb
  • The meter used in haiku
  • How many stanzas are in a sonnet
  • The definitions of couplet and meter

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts- ensure that you can accurately define terms such as meter, stanza and couplet
  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you understood the most important information concerning poetry as a literary form
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding meter and structure in poems

Additional Learning

Review the lesson to learn more about poetry as a literary form. The lesson addresses the following objectives, including:

  • Differentiate between poetry and prose
  • Know the main formal features of poetry
  • Understand how meter uses the syllabic structure of words
  • Define and name the four most common feet used in meter
  • Know the relationship between the name of the meter and the feet in each line
  • Understand rhyme schemes and common poetic forms with fixed stanza lengths