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- See how writers employ blank verse in poetry.
- Explore various examples of free verse poetry.
- Provide examples of free verse poetry.
- Define elegy poems.
- Discover how narrative poetry has been used to retell some of the world's greatest stories.
- Distinguish among the types of odes.
- Learn how famous poets used sonnets to woo their lovers.
- Find out how elegy poems differ from eulogies.
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. Tone Poem: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you'll learn about a genre of orchestral music called the tone poem. You'll learn how tone poems use music to tell stories, and you'll read about composers who have written tone poems since the genre's invention in the 19th century.
8. Anapestic Meter: Definition and Poetry Examples
Not all poems have a regular beat to them, and most of the ones that do are iambic. Some are a rarer breed - trochaic, dactylic, or anapestic. Learn what makes anapestic lines different from the rest, and read several examples of anapestic poems.
9. Dactyl in Poetry: Definition & Examples
Every line in poetry has some sort of beat, unless it is intentionally written without one. In this video lesson, we will learn about the dactyl, a metrical beat consisting of one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables.
10. Ekphrastic Poetry: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we'll be looking at ekphrastic poetry, which is quite simply describing a work of art or something that we find aesthetically pleasing enough to consider art. We'll also analyze a few poetic examples of this literary staple.
11. John Clare: Biography & Poems
Romantic poet John Clare's life was filled with suffering and loss. His love for nature provided him with both solace and inspiration during his life. His lyric poems celebrate the beauty of the natural world.
12. John Lyly: Biography & Poems
How would you like to be friends with the Queen of England and write plays that tell other people how they should behave? John Lyly did this and more. Read on to learn how.
13. Quatrains: Characteristics & Overview
The quatrain is one of the most common stanzas in English poetry, but it's far from ordinary. In this lesson, you'll learn about three unique varieties of quatrain by reading examples from Thomas Gray, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Emily Dickinson.
14. Sprung Rhythm: Definition & Examples from Gerard Manley Hopkins
The image of a twanging spring might not sound fitting for poetry, but 'sprung rhythm' is actually a rather sophisticated mode of poetic expression. Learn more about it and see some examples of it in the works of Gerard Manley Hopkins in this lesson!
15. Victor Hugo: Biography, Books & Poems
You may not know too much about this famous French author, but chances are you've enjoyed his work in one form or another. Keep reading to learn more about Victor Hugo's life, along with some of his most notable poems and novels.
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