Ch 3: FTCE Humanities: Genres in Poetry

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This chapter on Genres in Poetry is all you'll need to feel comfortable with the subject-related material on the FTCE Humanities exam. The engaging video lessons directed by professional instructors are sure to amp-up your test-day confidence.

FTCE Humanities: Genres in Poetry - Chapter Summary

This chapter goes in-depth on many different genres of poetry, making sure you're familiar with the ins and outs of each genre going into the exam. By the time you're done reviewing this chapter, you'll have refreshed your understanding of:

  • Blank and free verse
  • Narrative and elegy poems
  • Odes
  • Metaphysical and dramatic poetry
  • Epic poetry
  • Sonnets
  • Sylvia Plath and confessional poetry

Each lesson gives you the option of receiving the content through a video or transcript, making for a learning experience suited to whichever style you prefer. You can navigate through the videos using the timeline feature, which lets you jump to various key points of the material. Contextualizing the transcript is a simple task as well, with important terms bolded for easy review.

10 Lessons in Chapter 3: FTCE Humanities: Genres in 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.

Elegy Poems: Definition & Examples

5. 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!'

Dramatic Poetry: Definition & Examples

6. Dramatic Poetry: Definition & Examples

Do you really like poetry, but wish someone else would read it to you? Then look no further than dramatic poetry! Come explore some examples of the dying art of dramatic verse in this lesson.

Metaphysical Poetry: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

7. Metaphysical Poetry: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

It's extremely intelligent and witty. It is deeply religious but is also sure to be ironic and cynical. Learn about metaphysical poetry and how it takes on the questions that can't be answered by science.

Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories

8. Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories

Learn about epic poetry in the ancient world. Explore two epic poems, ''Gilgamesh'' and ''The Iliad'' and discover the information these poems contain about the cultures that created them.

Sonnets: Definition & Examples

9. 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.

Sylvia Plath and Confessional Poetry

10. Sylvia Plath and Confessional Poetry

Confessional poetry changed everything regarding what a poem could be written about. In this lesson, we'll study Sylvia Plath, a pioneer of the form. We'll also consider W.D. Snodgrass, Anne Sexton and Robert Lowell.

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