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- Blank verse
- Free verse poetry
- Narrative poems
- Elegy poems
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. Petrarchan Sonnet: Rhyme Scheme, Format & Example Poems
The sonnet is one of the most well-respected poetic forms in the English language, but did you know that this form began in Italian? Explore the inner workings of the Petrarchan sonnet and break down examples from Emma Lazarus and Joshua Mehigan.
8. Helen Bannerman: Biography & Books
Classic children's author Helen Bannerman knew how to capture the interest of the young. This lesson will introduce you to her life and work and will fill you in on a little controversy she unwittingly stirred up. Intrigued? Read on.
9. Helen Hunt Jackson: Biography, Novels & Poems
In this lesson, explore the life and literary works of Helen Hunt Jackson, an advocate on behalf of Native Americans in post-Civil War America. Her exposé, A Century of Dishonor, and her novel, Ramona, are her best known literary works.
10. Maxine Kumin: Biography & Poems
Ever heard the old saying, 'simpler is better?' Well, simple poems got Maxine Kumin a Pulitzer Prize. Unfortunately, horseback-riding left her with a broken neck. Read on for more info on the life and poetry of Maxine Kumin.
11. Mock-Heroic Poetry: Definition, Examples & Style
Did you know that parodies have been a major part of English literature since the seventeenth century? In this lesson, we discuss how mock-heroic poetry uses the style of heroic poetry in an entirely different, wholly hilarious way.
12. Pastoral Literature: Definition & Overview
Ever feel the urge to get 'back to nature?' You're certainly not alone, and there's a wealth of literature to prove it. Come and explore the world of pastoral literature, using examples from Christopher Marlowe, Sir Walter Raleigh, and William Shakespeare.
13. William Cowper: Biography & Poems
Regarded as one of the first poets of the romanticism movement, William Cowper's natural style of writing often reflected the tumultuous feelings he experienced in his personal life. Read on to find out more about Cowper's accomplished, yet often desolate, life and the works it inspired.
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