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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- What are some common examples of blank verse?
- How does free verse differ from other types of poetry?
- What are the different forms of narrative poetry?
- How has the ode evolved throughout literary history?
- What are some examples of Petrarchan, Spenserian and Shakespearean sonnets?
- How do classic and modern elegies compare to each other?
1. Blank Verse: Definition and Examples
Blank verse has been used in both drama and poetry for centuries. Watch this video to see how different poets use this technique to bring the audience into a trance or to jolt them into reflection.
2. What Is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition
Did you know that Walt Whitman, who lived in the mid-1800s, was influential in shaping the American identity? Find out how his writing style is connected to the King James Bible and the famous Beat poet Allen Ginsberg.
3. Narrative Poems: Types & Examples
Some of history's most famous heroes have been immortalized in narrative poetry: King Arthur, Odysseus, and even Jed Clampett. From Homer to Chaucer to Poe to The Beverly Hillbillies, narrative poetry has been used to preserve some of the world's greatest stories.
4. Odes: Forms & Examples
Have you ever appreciated something or someone so much you were inspired to write a poem? If so, then the ode is the poem for you! Learn about the three types of odes and how they are used to celebrate the people and things.
5. Sonnets: Definition & Examples
If you want to profess your love in a poem, you might not think to look back a few hundred years for inspiration. Learn how some of the greatest poets in history used the sonnet to woo their lovers.
6. Elegy Poems: Definition & Examples
For centuries, people have expressed their grief for the loss of loved ones in elegies. Learn how the elegy differs from the eulogy and how Don McLean's 'American Pie' falls into the ranks of Walt Whitman's 'O Captain! My Captain!'
7. Caesura in Poetry: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you'll learn what a caesura is in poetry and how it functions within the poetic line to add a more natural rhythm to a poem. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
8. Allegorical Poem: Definition & Examples
Allegorical poems are like a two-for-one deal: you get the literal and the symbolic. Read about what defines an allegorical poem and a few of the master poets who wrote them.
9. Birches By Robert Frost: Analysis & Overview
This lesson will explore Robert Frost's famous poem titled 'Birches.' We'll analyze the poem's form, content, and meaning and consider how it treats a common American theme.
10. Gabriela Mistral: Biography, Poems & Books
She uses a fake name. She was abandoned by her father at three years old, and she won a Nobel Peace Prize for Literature. Read on to learn more about Gabriela Mistral.
11. High Frequency Words: Definition & Examples
You don't have to be a dog to hear 'high frequency words;' in fact, we encounter them every day! In this lesson, discover what makes these words 'high-frequency,' and see some examples that you may have even used today.
12. Joy Kogawa: Biography, Poems & Books
Joy Kogawa is a Japanese-Canadian whose novels and poetry reflect images from dreams, memories, and personal events. She is a writer and an activist who is strongly invested in human rights.
13. Mercy Otis Warren: Biography, Facts, Timeline & Poems
Mercy Otis Warren was a prominent poet, writer, political activist, playwright, and historian. She is best known as the author of a three-volume work on the American Revolution.
14. Richard Lovelace: Biography & Poems
In this lesson, we'll cover the life of English poet Richard Lovelace, a loyal supporter of King Charles I. We'll also explore two of Lovelace's representative poems, which reflect his lifelong commitment to loyalty, integrity, and honor.
15. The Author to Her Book: Summary & Analysis
This lesson covers Anne Bradstreet's poem 'The Author to her Book.' We'll discuss the poem's inspiration and summary, analyze some of its major themes, and finish with a quiz to test your knowledge.
16. William Stafford: Biography & Poems
We will look at the life and poems of William E. Stafford, a prolific writer whose readable poems engaged audiences for five decades and earned awards and honors.
17. What is Allusion in Poetry?
Have you ever read a poem where the writer makes a reference to a person, place, thing, or event? If so, then you've most certainly stumbled across an allusion! This lesson explains what an allusion is, how it's used, and explores various examples of the literary device.
18. Neoclassical School of Poetry: Definition & Style
The Neoclassical school of poetry happened between 1660-1798, with major poets such as John Dryden, John Milton, Oliver Goldsmith, and Alexander Pope being central to the period. In this lesson, we will learn the definition and style of neoclassical poetry.
19. Ordinary Language vs. Poetic Language
In this lesson, we will explore the differences between ordinary language and poetic language. We will review common uses of these styles, how these styles are created, and examples from literature.
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