About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP English Literature Homeschool Curriculum course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about poetry. There is no faster or easier way to learn about poetry. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about blank and free verse, narrative poems, odes and sonnets.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an English curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a Poetry unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Poetry Unit Objectives:
- Understand how poets use blank verse for hypnotic or reflective purposes.
- Explore the poetic relationships shared by Allen Ginsberg, the King James Bible and Walt Whitman.
- Study the different types of narrative poems and how they immortalize fictitious and historical figures.
- Learn about the three styles of odes and their celebratory purposes.
- Discuss the love sonnets of history's major poets.
- Understand the difference between an elegy and a eulogy.
1. Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds
Many poems rhyme, but there is often more going on in terms of the sounds of the words than just what happens at the ends of the lines. This lesson explores some of the nuances of rhyme and sound in poetry.
2. Elements of Poetry: Rhythm
Poetry often has a defined beat or rhythm. In this lesson, you'll review the most common forms of poetic rhythm before diving deeper into how those rhythms influence the overall effect of the poem.
3. How to Analyze Emotion in Poetry
Poetry often begins with emotion and finishes with profound insights about human nature. In this lesson, you'll learn how to recognize emotion in poems. By understanding those feelings, you'll gain a broader understanding of literature.
4. What is a Stanza in Poetry? - Definition & Examples
Want to find out what poems and houses have in common? In this lesson, we'll explore the 'rooms' that stanzas create in poetry, drawing on examples from Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Frost, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Elizabeth Bishop, and Lord Byron.
5. Similes, Metaphors & Personification in Poetry
Comparison is the basis of figurative language, and the most common forms of poetic comparison are simile, metaphor, and personification. In this lesson, you'll define all three terms and see several examples of each.
6. Imagery, Symbolism & Juxtaposition in Poetry
Poetry is a dense and rich form of literature. In this lesson you'll learn about how imagery, symbolism, and juxtaposition work to add depth to poetry. You'll also learn some tips for taking the AP Literature exam.
7. Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry
Poetry is difficult to define, but there's one characteristic that most poems share - figurative language. In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify and draw inferences from figurative language.
8. Inferring Mood in Poetry
Poets have a variety of tools to use to create mood. In this lesson, you'll learn about three of these tools and how you can use that knowledge to infer mood. You'll also learn how this skill applies specifically to the AP Literature exam.
9. Interpreting a Poem's Main Idea & Theme
Many poems have both a main idea and a theme. In this lesson, you'll learn techniques for finding both in poetry by studying a sample poem. Afterward, you can test your understanding with a short quiz.
10. End Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will define end rhyme. We will also cover why some poets and songwriters choose to use it. Then we will identify examples of end rhyme by looking at stanzas from classic poems and from a popular nursery rhyme.
11. 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.
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Other chapters within the AP English Literature: Homeschool Curriculum course
- AP English - Literary Analysis: Homeschool Curriculum
- Interpreting Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
- Rhetorical Devices: Homeschool Curriculum
- Types of Poetry: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP English - Prose: Homeschool Curriculum
- Prose Fiction: Homeschool Curriculum
- American Literary Periods: Homeschool Curriculum
- American Literary Analysis: Homeschool Curriculum
- English Literary Periods: Homeschool Curriculum
- English Literary Analysis: Homeschool Curriculum
- Grammar Review: Homeschool Curriculum
- Types of Essay: Homeschool Curriculum
- Essay Writing Basics: Homeschool Curriculum
- Writing & Revising an Essay: Homeschool Curriculum
- About the AP English Literature Test