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- Give examples of blank verse, sonnets, odes and elegy poems.
- Examine the characters and events of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid.
- Explore some of the epic poems of Gilgamesh.
- Learn about Dante's contributions to literature.
- Study the background of T.S. Eliot and discuss his major works.
- Describe some themes of modern poetry and learn about the works of E.A. Robinson.
- List the poems and poets of the Imagist movement.
- Analyze the poems of Langston Hughes and Emily Dickinson.
- Interpret the works and style of Edgar Allen Poe.
1. Dante's Divine Comedy and the Growth of Literature in the Middle Ages
Dante Alighieri was a poet and philosopher from Florence during a time of political unrest. This article explores one of his most well-known poems and its impact on literature and Italian society.
2. The Iliad: Greek Epic
This lecture traces the history of Greek epics. It then examines the central themes of 'The Iliad': Xenia, Achilles' wrath, and his quest for immortality. The plot of 'The Iliad' is summarized and attention is drawn to themes from the Sumerian tradition.
3. The Odyssey: Greek Epic
This lecture provides a rough outline of the exploits of Odysseus in Homer's epic poem ''The Odyssey''. You'll learn plot details about this epic poem, in addition to hearing about how this important tale relates to Greek culture and literary works throughout history.
4. The Aeneid by Virgil
This lesson explores Virgil's 'Aeneid'. It consists of a brief plot synopsis. We stop along the way to look at a few important scenes and offer analysis where necessary.
5. The Epic of Gilgamesh
Witness the Epic of Gilgamesh, a story of adventure, love and friendship. This long poem will help us examine the hallmarks of civilization for a Sumerian and the importance of dreams. We'll also cover the Sumerian contributions to the epic form of literature.
6. Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style
This video introduces T.S. Eliot and his major works. It outlines his early life and move to England, and traces his stylistic evolution over his most famous and significant poems.
7. E.A. Robinson and the Shift in Modernist Poetry Style
In the early 1900s, a new movement in poetry emerged. Find out about the Modernist movement in poetry and one of the first American Modernists, E.A. Robinson.
8. 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.
9. Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age
Langston Hughes was a popular poet from the Harlem Renaissance. His Jazz Age poems, including 'Harlem' and 'I, Too, Sing America,' discussed the racism facing African Americans in the 1920s and '30s.
10. Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis
Emily Dickinson was a well-known poet of the mid-1800s whose numerous works have stood the test of time. But what in the world did her poems really mean? In this video, we'll explore one of her most recognized pieces and analyze its meaning and purpose.
11. Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style
This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe, the father of the modern mystery story. Through his works, like 'The Raven' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' Poe reflected the characteristics of Dark Romanticism by creating horrific storylines and characters while exploring the dark, irrational depths of the human mind.
12. The Little Black Boy by William Blake: Summary & Poem Analysis
In this lesson, we'll learn about English poet William Blake and his famous poem, 'The Little Black Boy.' We'll analyze the poem's meaning and historical significance.
13. The Good-Morrow by John Donne: Summary & Analysis
You might've sent someone a 'shout-out,' but have you ever given anyone a 'Good-Morrow?' Learn more about John Donne's salutatory poem by that title in this lesson when you see it summarized and analyzed!
14. Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads: Summary & Analysis
This lesson will introduce William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's influential collection of poems titled ''Lyrical Ballads''. We'll look at the context, content, and forms of the poems to see how they mark the beginning of the Romantic era in literature.
15. The Faerie Queene: Summary, Analysis & Characters
In this lesson, we will examine how The Faerie Queene's variety of characters and their corresponding virtues contribute to the multi-layered meaning behind Spenser's famous allegory.
16. The Red Wheelbarrow By William Carlos Williams: Summary, Theme & Analysis
In this lesson, we will learn about American poet Williams Carlos Williams. Then we will read and analyze his short, imagist poem 'The Red Wheelbarrow,' focusing on its use of imagery, metaphor and language.
17. The Seafarer: Poem Summary, Themes & Analysis
Get serious with the Anglo-Saxon poem 'The Seafarer.' This lesson covers some of the deep and somber aspects of life, and you will find out about Old English poetry, including the form called elegy.
18. Our Country: Its Possible Future and Its Present Crisis by Josiah Strong
This lesson will cover the significance and progressive thinking of Josiah Strong's Our Country: Its Possible Future and Its Present Crisis, which promoted equal civil liberties for all Americans, regardless of race.
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