About This Chapter
How It Works:
- Identify the lessons in Holt McDougal Literature's Language of Poetry chapter with which you need help.
- Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
- Watch fun videos that cover the poetry topics you need to learn or review.
- Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
- If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.
Students will learn:
- Elements of poetry
- Terms for poetry analysis
- Differences between free verse and blank verse
- Examples of sonnets, elegy poems and odes
- Types of narrative poems
- Life and works of Shakespeare
- Form and structure of the Shakespearean sonnet
- Analysis of Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken
- Strategies for addressing audiences during informative speeches
- Types of informative speaking
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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!
2. Analyzing American Poetry: Terms and Examples
It can sometimes be tough to figure out what a poem means. This lesson provides some tools to help you analyze poetry and develop your interpretations.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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!'
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works
This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.
10. Shakespearean Sonnet: Form, Structure & Characteristics
Investigate the inner workings of the Shakespearean sonnet in this lesson. Learn about its origins, its structure and its unique poetic power. Break down a Shakespearean sonnet by analyzing rhyme, meter and thematic elements.
11. Robert Frost Poetry Analysis: The Road Not Taken and Other Poems
Robert Frost was a famous American modernist poet. This lesson covers the elements that make Frost's poetry modernist and analyzes his most famous poem, 'The Road Not Taken.'
12. Helping Your Audience Learn During Informative Speeches: Strategies & Tips
An informative speech is given to teach the audience something new. To do this, there are a few things to keep in mind. Keep your speech relevant, interesting and full of engaging and useful information.
13. Informative Speaking: Purpose and Types
Informative speeches are written to inform your audience about a topic. There are several classifications that can be used depending on the purpose of your speech.
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Other chapters within the Holt McDougal Literature Grade 9 Common Core Edition: Online Textbook Help course
- Holt McDougal Literature Introductory Unit
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 1: Narrative Structure
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 2 Characterization & Point of View
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 3: Setting, Mood, & Imagery
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 4: Theme and Symbol
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 5: Author's Purpose
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 6: Argument & Persuasion
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 8: Author's Style & Voice
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 9: History, Culture, & the Author
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 10: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 11: The Odyssey
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 12: The Power of Research