Ch 9: Forms of Poetry

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons to learn about the different types of poetry. The lessons in this chapter will teach you all about poetic forms like haiku and and free verse.

Forms of Poetry - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this Forms of Poetry chapter will get you acquainted with the basics of poetry, including common terms and the use of tercets. You will also explore some of the varied poetic forms as well as poetic content, imagery and structure. At the end of this study guide, you will be familiar with the following:

  • Poetry terms
  • Meaning and form in poetry
  • Stanza
  • Free verse and concrete poetry
  • Haiku and ballads

This chapter is made up of short video lessons lasting between five and ten minutes apiece. In these lessons, our skilled instructors bring poetry concepts to life in a way that is easy to understand. You can re-watch the lessons as many times as you like or use the transcripts to help you study. Each lesson comes with an interactive quiz and printable worksheet so you can assess what you've learned.

7 Lessons in Chapter 9: Forms of Poetry
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Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

1. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!

Form & Meaning in Poetry

2. Form & Meaning in Poetry

In this lesson, we will explore how form and content combine to create meaning in poetry. Along the way, we will examine the components of poetic form and content and define poetic meaning.

What is a Stanza in Poetry? - Definition & Examples

3. What is a Stanza in Poetry? - Definition & Examples

Want to find out what poems and houses have in common? In this lesson, we'll explore the 'rooms' that stanzas create in poetry, drawing on examples from Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Frost, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Elizabeth Bishop, and Lord Byron.

What Is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition

4. 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.

Concrete Poetry: Definition & Examples

5. Concrete Poetry: Definition & Examples

It's not usually written on the sidewalk, but concrete poetry can make a writer's ideas just as solid. Read on to find out more about these creative images and to see some fascinating examples.

What Is Haiku Poetry? - Definition & Examples

6. What Is Haiku Poetry? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what haiku poetry is, take a look at some examples, and see how the traditional Japanese form has influenced its evolution in the English-speaking world.

What is a Ballad? - Definition & Examples

7. What is a Ballad? - Definition & Examples

Let's learn about the poetical form of the ballad and examine two of the most famous English ballads. We will learn about the common traits of ballads and how they relate to modern music.

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