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Ch 2: British Poetry for 12th Grade: Tutoring Solution

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The British Poetry chapter of this 12th Grade English Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about British poetry. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the information involving British poetry required in a typical 12th grade English course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other English work.
  • Identify the British poetry concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our 12th grade English tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn British poetry and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding Alfred Lord Tennyson, John Keats, William Blake or any other British poetry topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their 12th grade English learning
  • Prefer learning English visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their British poetry unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in 12th grade English
  • Don't have access to their English teacher outside of class

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  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the major poetic works of Alfred Lord Tennyson.
  • Discuss the stanza form named after Tennyson's 'In Memoriam'.
  • Analyze Percy Shelley's 'Ozymandias'.
  • Learn about the poetry and life of John Keats.
  • Take a look at the poetry and life of William Wordsworth.
  • Become familiar with William Blake's life and poems.
  • Discuss the major authors and works of romantic poetry.
  • Analyze Lord Byron's 'Don Juan'.
  • Read Edmund Spenser's sonnets and discuss the Spenserian stanza.

36 Lessons in Chapter 2: British Poetry for 12th Grade: Tutoring Solution
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Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major Poetic Works

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!

Tennyson's In Memoriam, A.H.H.:  Overview of 'In Memoriam' Stanzas

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!

Percy Shelley's Ozymandias: Analysis and Themes

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.'

Ode to the West Wind by Shelley: Analysis and Summary

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.

John Keats: Poems, Biography and Quotes

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.

Ode on a Grecian Urn by Keats: Analysis and Summary

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.

Ode on Melancholy by Keats

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.

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer: Poem by John Keats

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.'

Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by Wordsworth

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.

William Wordsworth: Poetry and Biography

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.

William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography

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.

Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works

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.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography

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.

Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis

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.

Kubla Khan by Coleridge: Analysis and Summary

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.

Lord Byron: Poems and Biography

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.

Byron's Don Juan: Summary, Quotes and Analysis

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.'

Introduction to Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene and Sonnets

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.

A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns: Summary & Analysis

19. A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns: Summary & Analysis

One Scottish band 'proclaimed' they would walk 500 miles for their loves, but the Scottish poet of this poem said he'd go 10,000! Find out more about Robert Burns' longstanding love in this lesson with a synopsis and analysis of 'A Red, Red Rose.'

Archibald MacLeish: Biography & Poems

20. Archibald MacLeish: Biography & Poems

What if you heard a story about a lawyer who writes poetry and gives up partnership at a law firm to travel to France and write full time? Would it sound a little crazy? Maybe, but it also sounds exactly like Archibald MacLeish. Read on to learn more.

Confessio Amantis: Summary & Overview

21. Confessio Amantis: Summary & Overview

In this lesson, we will explore the 'Confessio Amantis,' a very old poem written by John Gower in the 14th century. The poem explores themes of Christianity and politics and consists mostly of a dialogue between two characters about sin.

Edward Lear: Biography, Poems & Books

22. Edward Lear: Biography, Poems & Books

Edward Lear is best known for his nonsense poetry, and is given credit for making the limerick popular. He was known for his comic drawings and his love of writing for children.

Endymion: A Poetic Romance by Keats - Summary & Analysis

23. Endymion: A Poetic Romance by Keats - Summary & Analysis

Keats' 'Endymion' is a poem representative of the Romantic movement, demonstrating the poet's preoccupation with nature, reimagining of themes from mythology, and belief in emotion as the surest guide to truth.

Milton's Areopagitica: Summary & Analysis

24. Milton's Areopagitica: Summary & Analysis

John Milton's Areopagitica is one of the earliest essays arguing for the freedom of the press and against preemptive censorship. Learn more about the content and history of this important piece of historical writing.

Milton's Paradise Regained: Summary & Analysis

25. Milton's Paradise Regained: Summary & Analysis

Can you imagine writing a whole book by dictating it to someone else because you were blind? That's what John Milton did when he wrote 'Paradise Regained.' In this lesson, we'll learn about 'Paradise Regained,' including its inspiration and themes.

Milton's Samson Agonistes: Summary & Analysis

26. Milton's Samson Agonistes: Summary & Analysis

'Samson Agonistes' is a verse drama by John Milton based on a Biblical story. The main themes are inner blindness, Christian faith, violence, and criticism of romantic love. In this lesson, we'll look at a more detailed summary and a deeper analysis of these themes.

Oliver Wendell Holmes: Biography, Poems & Quotes

27. Oliver Wendell Holmes: Biography, Poems & Quotes

You might be having trouble remembering what Oliver Wendell Holmes did, or even knowing which one we're talking about! No worries; in this lesson, you'll become much better acquainted with Holmes the Elder - his passions, his works, and his words.

Shakespeare's Sonnet 71: Theme & Analysis

28. Shakespeare's Sonnet 71: Theme & Analysis

William Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 71' is a somber poem in which he tells his loved ones how he wants them to cope with his death. This lesson will show how the poem follows a sonnet format while also communicating a great deal about grief and death.

Shakespeare's Sonnet 79: Analysis, Overview

29. Shakespeare's Sonnet 79: Analysis, Overview

Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets in his lifetime. Sonnet 79 not only shows his devoted love for a woman but his honesty about having writer's block as well.

The Doubt of Future Foes: Summary & Analysis

30. The Doubt of Future Foes: Summary & Analysis

When we discuss the Elizabethan Period of English literature, Shakespeare's name is probably one of the first to come up. In this lesson, we meet one poet of the period many surprisingly overlook. We will summarize and analyze her work, The Doubt of Future Foes!

The Soldier by Rupert Brooke: Summary & Analysis

31. The Soldier by Rupert Brooke: Summary & Analysis

If you've read many Shakespearean sonnets, you're probably used to poetic expressions of romantic love. But what about when it's a country we love? Find out more about conveying undying patriotism in this lesson analyzing Brooke's sonnet, 'The Soldier.'

The Wreck of the Deutschland: Summary & Analysis

32. The Wreck of the Deutschland: Summary & Analysis

'The Wreck of the Deutschland' was never even published during its author's lifetime, but it has become one of Gerard Manley Hopkins' most enduring poems. Find out why in this lesson with a synopsis and analysis of this ode to Nature's power!

Thomas Gray: Biography & Poems

33. Thomas Gray: Biography & Poems

Thomas Gray was an 18th-century scholar and poet most famous for his poem 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.' Unfortunately, he died leaving much of his work unfinished. Discover more about Gray's life and works in this lesson.

Alliteration in The Raven

34. Alliteration in The Raven

You're probably familiar with Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven,' but how much do you know about his use of alliteration in the poem? This lesson explores the definition of alliteration and how it's used in Poe's famous poem.

Personification in Poe's The Raven

35. Personification in Poe's The Raven

Personification is a literary technique used most often in prose fiction and poetry. Using Edgar Allan Poe's classic poem ''The Raven'', this lesson will explain how personification can add to the impact of a fictional work.

Personification in The Highwayman

36. Personification in The Highwayman

This lesson discusses personification, or giving human characteristics to non-human objects, in 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes. After this lesson, you'll know why personification is used in literature and have some particular examples of personification from 'The Highwayman'.

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