Ch 5: AP English: Types of Poetry

About This Chapter

Watch online English video lessons and learn about free and blank verse, odes, sonnets and more. These lessons are just a portion of our online AP English course.

AP English: Types of Poetry - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Use this chapter to explore traditional poetic forms alongside some of their more modern adaptations. Instructors teaching the lessons go over several examples of each to give you a better understanding of how poets make the most of something as simple as meter and structure to cause introspection, woo someone or communicate a sense of loss. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Identify the differences between free and blank verse
  • Describe the characteristics of sonnets, odes and elegies
  • Outline different types of narrative poetry

Video Objectives
Blank Verse: Definition and Examples Explore some popular examples of unrhymed, metered verse.
What Is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition Discover poetry written in unrhymed, unmetered verse, and examine Whitman's influence on the use of this form.
Narrative Poems: Types & Examples Explain characteristics of narrative poems, including epics, ballads and romantic narratives.
Odes: Forms & Examples Examine the Pindaric form of this type of poetry, and explore its later uses in Keats' 'Ode to a Grecian Urn.'
Sonnets: Definition & Examples Get an overview of sonnets and examine the differences between Shakespearean, Spenserian and Petrarchan forms.
Elegy Poems: Definition & Examples Compare the structure and form of classical elegies with some more modern elegiacs.

7 Lessons in Chapter 5: AP English: Types of Poetry
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Blank Verse: Definition and Examples

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.

What Is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition

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.

Narrative Poems: Types & Examples

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.

Odes: Forms & Examples

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.

Sonnets: Definition & Examples

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.

Elegy Poems: Definition & Examples

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!'

Rhyming Couplets: Definition, Examples & Effect

7. Rhyming Couplets: Definition, Examples & Effect

Rhyming couplets are a defining dynamic duo throughout the canon of literary poetry. In this lesson, explore more through a full definition, examples and a discussion of their effect.

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