Ch 8: British Poetry for 12th Grade

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Use these video lessons to learn more about British poets like Shelley, Tennyson and Wordsworth. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of their works.

British Poetry for 12th Grade - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

You can meet British poets who wrote during the Victorian, Romantic and Renaissance periods in England and sample some of their works. Experience poems by the 'Lords,' as in Alfred Lord Tennyson and Lord Byron, in addition to hearing about the lives of the 'Williams,' as in Wordsworth and Blake. In this chapter, you can also get to know a wide range of other British writers and their poems. This chapter is designed to introduce:

  • Analyses and themes of major British poets
  • The Romantic period of poetry
  • Quotes from famous British poems
  • The personal lives of well-known British writers

Video Objective
Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and major Poetic Works Look at an overview of Tennyson's career and works.
Tennyson's In Memoriam, A.H.H.: Overview of 'In Memoriam' Stanzas This lesson discusses the poem and the verse form that's named after it.
Percy Shelley's Ozymandias: Analysis and Themes Find out who Ozymandias was and the story behind this poem.
Ode to the West Wind by Shelley: Analysis and Summary Learn the historical importance of this work and what makes it an allegory.
John Keats: Poems, Biography and Quotes Meet John Keats and find out about his connections to the other main English Romantic writers.
Ode on a Grecian Urn by Keats: Analysis and Summary Learn about odes and find out why this poet wrote one to an urn, or vase.
Ode on Melancholy by Keats This lesson explains 'close reading' of a poem.
On First Looking into Chapman's Homer: Poem by John Keats Find out why this short poem is so famous and learn more about the Greek references it includes.
Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by Wordsworth This lesson explores the setting for the poem and how visiting there changed Wordsworth's outlook on life and nature.
William Wordsworth: Poetry and Biography Find out why Wordsworth is considered one of the founders of the Romantic period of poetry in England.
William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography In this lesson, you can explore Blake's important contributions.
Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works Learn what romantic poetry is and who wrote many of the poems.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography Find out how Coleridge's personal life affected his poetry.
Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis This lesson explores this poem's importance to literature.
Kubla Khan by Coleridge: Analysis and Summary Learn the story behind Kubla Khan and how this poem's style was unique for this author.
Lord Byron: Poems and Biography Find out how Byron's life was unusual and learn about his main works.
Byron's Don Juan: Summary, Quotes and Analysis Explore how Byron's Don Juan is different from the one often portrayed in movies.
Introduction to Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene and Sonnets Learn about Spenser's life and famous poem. This lesson also discusses the special rhyme theme that's named after this author.

18 Lessons in Chapter 8: British Poetry for 12th Grade
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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.

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