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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a British poetry unit of a standard 12th grade English course. Topics covered include:
- John Keats' biography and poems
- William Wordsworth's biography and poems
- Romantic poetry
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge's biography and poems
- Lord Byron's biography and poems
1. Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major Poetic Works
He's a Poet Laureate, a master wordsmith and the originator of quotes you probably think came from Shakespeare. Check out our lesson on Alfred, Lord Tennyson, possibly the most important English poet of the Victorian era!
2. Tennyson's In Memoriam, A.H.H.: Overview of 'In Memoriam' Stanzas
Alfred, Lord Tennyson's 'In Memoriam, A.H.H.' stands as one of the finest examples of elegy in the English language. Watch our lesson to learn all about this masterpiece, including its possible contradictions!
3. Percy Shelley's Ozymandias: Analysis and Themes
Throughout history, great leaders have come and gone, but great poems outlast them all. In this lesson, you'll learn about one of Percy Shelley's greatest poems, 'Ozymandias.'
4. Ode to the West Wind by Shelley: Analysis and Summary
If you were a leaf clinging to a tree in autumn, a gentle breeze might be pretty intimidating. In this lesson, we'll study Percy Shelley's take on this in his poem 'Ode to the West Wind' as well as how he hoped the wind would help spark a revolution.
5. John Keats: Poems, Biography and Quotes
Lots of poets only write for a few years, get discouraged by terrible reviews and never amount to much. And then there's John Keats. Despite a short life with an abbreviated literary career and ridicule from prominent critics, Keats' work would come to symbolize the Romantic poetry movement. Watch this lesson to learn more.
6. Ode on a Grecian Urn by Keats: Analysis and Summary
In this lesson, learn about Romantic poet John Keats' 'Ode on a Grecian Urn,' which is considered one of the greatest odes ever written. In the poem, Keats has a surprisingly emotional reaction to staring at an old piece of pottery. We'll examine the story of the poem, its meaning and its form.
7. Ode on Melancholy by Keats
If there was a commercial for sadness, what would it look like? How could you encourage people to want misery? If you're Romantic poet John Keats, you write a poem: 'Ode on Melancholy.' Find out how he celebrates sadness in this lesson.
8. On First Looking into Chapman's Homer: Poem by John Keats
Did you ever read a book or see a movie that got you so excited that you wanted to tell someone about it? In the days before Twitter, what would you do? If you're John Keats, you might just write a sonnet about it. And that's how we got 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer.'
9. Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by Wordsworth
Is there a place you once visited and now, whenever you think of it, a flood of emotions returns? If so, then you can relate to William Wordsworth's ''Tintern Abbey.'' In this lesson, we'll examine the famous Romantic poem that's not really about an abbey at all.
10. William Wordsworth: Poetry and Biography
In this lesson, you'll learn about William Wordsworth, one of the founders and chief architects of the Romantic poetry movement in England and England's poet laureate from 1843-1850.
11. William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography
Who is William Blake? He's a Romantic poet, an illustrator and a mystic. He used words, drawings and an innovative relief etching style, called illuminated printing, to create some of the most unusual and creative works of the Romantic era.
12. Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works
Like the French Revolution that helped inspire it, the Romantic poetry movement signaled massive, controversial changes with ramifications that are still being felt today. Watch this video lesson for an introduction to Romantic poetry, including descriptions of the major authors and significant works.
13. Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Romantic poet or rock star? Ok, he's a Romantic poet. In this lesson, you'll learn about one of the founders of the Romantic movement and how his life, full of drugs, women and poetry, is not too different from today's rock stars.
14. Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis
What do you like in a great story? Zombies? Mystery at sea? Ghosts? Large birds? What if you could have them all? You can! In this lesson, we're going to explore the famed Romantic poem ''The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,'' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
15. Kubla Khan by Coleridge: Analysis and Summary
In this lesson, you'll learn about Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Kubla Khan. It's a poem that's as famous for how it was written, a story involving drugs and a mysterious interruption, as the work itself.
16. Lord Byron: Poems and Biography
Lord Byron was once called 'mad, bad and dangerous to know.' In this lesson, you'll learn about this poet who is one of English Romanticism's most celebrated and prolific figures.
17. Byron's Don Juan: Summary, Quotes and Analysis
When a complicated, fascinating writer like Lord Byron devotes a huge chunk of his life to a single, sprawling work, you're assured a product that's just like its author, except when it isn't. In this lesson, you'll learn about Lord Byron's epic masterpiece, 'Don Juan.'
18. Introduction to Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene and Sonnets
Edmund Spenser is one of the key figures in the English Renaissance, and he made his name mostly by writing about dragons and knights. Pretty cool, right? Watch this video to learn about this important author and his biggest work, The Faerie Queene.
19. Maud by Alfred Lord Tennyson: Summary & Analysis
''Maud: A Monodrama'' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson is notable both for its romantic narrative and for its sharp social criticism. ''Maud'' became one of the best-known English poems of the Victorian period. This lesson summarizes the poem's dramatic narrative and explores its use of rich imagery.
20. Michael Drayton: Biography, Poems & Sonnets
Michael Drayton was a distinguished writer and poet in Elizabethan England. He was a contemporary of many literary giants in his era, and he wrote one of the longest poems in English history.
21. Milton's L'Allegro: Summary & Analysis
Learn about John Milton's lyric poem, L'Allegro, including the story and themes within the piece, as well as how it evokes contrast both within its own verses and with its companion piece, Il Penseroso.
22. On My First Daughter by Ben Jonson: Summary & Analysis
A parent's loss of a child is a truly heartbreaking experience, and many of us might not know how to manage if we were confronted with it. Find out how Ben Jonson coped with such a tragedy in this lesson on his poem 'On My First Daughter.'
23. On My First Son by Ben Jonson: Summary, Theme & Analysis
Discover Ben Jonson's elegiac poem, 'On My First Son.' Learn about the poem's themes of life, death, and grief, as well as popular poetic form and meter during the Renaissance.
24. Pentameter: Definition & Example
Poets use pentameter in order to create a rhythmic sound to their poems. Read on to find a definition of pentameter and learn how poets create consistent pentameter. We will also cover a few examples of pentameter in poetry.
25. Rupert Brooke: Biography & Poems
Handsome, accomplished, and Cambridge-educated, Rupert Brooke was one of the first soldier-poets of World War I. Explore his lasting legacy and learn why Brooke is considered the best of a doomed generation.
26. Shakespeare's Sonnet 73: Summary, Theme & Analysis
William Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 73' is one of his most widely read poems. In this lesson, you'll learn what it's all about, what some of the big ideas are in the poem and how he goes about presenting those ideas. Then you'll have the chance to test your understanding with a quiz.
27. Spenserian Sonnet: Definition, Form & Examples
Maybe you've heard of poems called sonnets, but you may not have realized there are different types. Come discover the Spenserian sonnet in this lesson, where you'll hear about its creator and form, as well as get to see a few examples of this lovely poetic work!
28. The Dunciad: Summary & Overview
'The Dunciad' is a poem written by Alexander Pope that was published in various forms from 1728 to 1743. It satirizes Pope's enemies in the literary world and also details what Pope thinks is wrong with the art of his time.
29. The Nightingale by Coleridge: Analysis & Overview
In Coleridge's 'conversational' poem, 'The Nightingale,' he seems to ramble on about a bird, but because of the Romantic that he is, there is more to this poem than meets the eye!
30. Thomas Carew: Biography & Poems
Some of us may be so unfamiliar with Thomas Carew that we don't even know how to say his name (pronounced like 'carry'). Don't worry, though; you'll get to find out much more about this poet and his work in this lesson!
31. Thomas Love Peacock: Biography & Poems
He bears his mother's maiden name, left school after only attending for six years, and financially cared for his friend's wife. These details make up Thomas Love Peacock the man, but read on to learn about his life as a writer as well.
32. Sir Walter Raleigh: Biography, Facts, Poems & Timeline
Sir Walter Raleigh was one of those people who others absolutely adored or despised. Find out which opinion you have of him by completing this lesson on the life and work of this Elizabethan jack of all trades.
33. Metaphysical Conceit: Definition & Examples
The metaphysical conceit is the bread and butter of metaphysical poetry, which was popular during the seventeenth century. In this lesson, we will learn the main definition of metaphysical conceit and look at examples to fully understand the device.
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- British Plays for 12th Grade: Help and Review
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- Essay Writing for 12th Grade: Help and Review
- Using Source Materials in English: Help and Review
- Writing Conventions - Usage: Help and Review
- Capitalization & Spelling: Help and Review
- Elements of Grammar: Help and Review
- Usage: Help and Review
- Punctuation in Writing: Help and Review
- Linking Texts and Media for 12th Grade: Help and Review