Ch 1: Introduction to Poetry: Help & Review

About This Chapter

The Introduction to Poetry chapter of this Poetry: Help & Review course is the simplest way to master the basics of poetry. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of poetry.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering the basics of poetry will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about poetry. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding different approaches to and the importance of reading poetry aloud
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning poetry (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about basic poetry
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra English learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Introduction to Poetry chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Introduction to Poetry chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any fundamental poetry question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an introduction to poetry unit of a standard English course. Topics covered include:

  • Rhythm, rhyme schemes, and assonance
  • Literary devices used in Shakespeare's Sonnet 130
  • Examples of poetic devices
  • Techniques for reading poetry
  • Close reading and big picture reading
  • Poetry and emotions

22 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to Poetry: Help & Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

1. Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

This lesson will introduce the formal qualities of poetry and the ways that it differs from prose. Among other things, we'll consider meter, rhyme schemes, stanzas, and popular poetic forms.

Poetic Devices: Definition, Types & Examples

2. Poetic Devices: Definition, Types & Examples

There are many types of poetic devices that can be used to create a powerful, memorable poem. In this lesson, we are going to learn about these devices and look at examples of how they are used. We will also discuss their purpose to understand the importance of using them effectively.

Different Approaches to Reading Poetry

3. Different Approaches to Reading Poetry

There are many approaches to reading poetry, depending on the purpose. In this lesson, you'll learn three ways to travel through a poem, from a technique that takes a few seconds to one that will allow a reader to dig into the depths of meaning.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

4. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

In this lesson, learn about two different approaches to reading a work of literature: big picture strategies and close reading strategies. Discover how these two perspectives can be put into practice through examples from the play 'Romeo and Juliet.'

Intense Emotional Experiences in Poetry

5. Intense Emotional Experiences in Poetry

Some poems are based on thoughts, while others are based on feelings. Occasionally, poems convey intense emotional experiences. In this lesson you'll examine one intense poem to analyze how the poet expresses her feelings.

The Importance of Reading Poetry Aloud

6. The Importance of Reading Poetry Aloud

Poems may be written texts, but they are meant to be read aloud. In this lesson you'll learn why poetry is best experienced out loud, and you can test your new knowledge with a short quiz.

The Relationship Between Poetry & Form

7. The Relationship Between Poetry & Form

Like music, poetry has rules that it must follow, and depending on which rules a poet chooses, the effect of the poem can change. In this lesson you'll learn about a few common poetic forms and some ways that poetry and form are linked.

The Importance of Rhythm in Poetry

8. The Importance of Rhythm in Poetry

Poets have a variety of tools at their disposal. One of those tools is rhythm. In this lesson, you'll learn about why rhythm is important and how it can influence the overall effect of a poem.

Poems with ABAB Rhyme Scheme: Examples & Definition

9. Poems with ABAB Rhyme Scheme: Examples & Definition

In this lesson, we will delve into the wonderful world of poetry. Specifically, we will analyze poems with the ABAB rhyme scheme. After a few examples, we will analyze how poets implement this type of rhyme scheme to create memorable poems. We will conclude our lesson with a brief quiz.

Shakespeare's Sonnet 130: Summary, Tone & Literary Devices

10. Shakespeare's Sonnet 130: Summary, Tone & Literary Devices

Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 seems like a spoof! Instead of praising his lover, the speaker appears to insult her! In this lesson, we will analyze this unusual strategy Shakespeare uses to describe the woman he loves.

Ahmad Zahir: Biography, Songs & Poems

11. Ahmad Zahir: Biography, Songs & Poems

Ahmad Zahir was a musical icon in Afghanistan who reached the height of his popularity in the early 1970's. This lesson will discuss his start, his career, his personal life, and his death.

Christina Rossetti: Biography, Themes & Famous Poems

12. Christina Rossetti: Biography, Themes & Famous Poems

This lesson details the life of the poet Christina Rossetti. Learn about her works, particularly her most famous piece, Goblin Market, as well as common themes in her writing, then test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Delight in Disorder: Summary & Analysis

13. Delight in Disorder: Summary & Analysis

If you've never read this poem before, you might think Robert Herrick was just an anarchist. Learn the whole steamy truth when you explore this lesson analyzing Herrick's erotic poem that teaches us how to take 'Delight in Disorder.'

Derek Walcott: Biography & Poems

14. Derek Walcott: Biography & Poems

Aside from Bob Marley, how many wordsmiths do you know from the Caribbean? Keep reading to meet one more when you learn about the life and work of Derek Walcott, a true poet of the Caribbean.

Gary Soto: Biography, Books & Poems

15. Gary Soto: Biography, Books & Poems

Gary Soto has been widely praised for his entertaining stories for people of all ages. He has a unique writing style in which he integrates his past experiences, feelings, and Mexican culture. Learn more about Gary Soto through this lesson.

Internal Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples

16. Internal Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will define internal rhyme, explore the reasons why a poet might use this poetic technique to affect his or her audience, and identify examples of it in modern poetry.

Omar Khayyam: Biography & Poems

17. Omar Khayyam: Biography & Poems

Omar Khayyam is known for his poetry, but did you know that he was also an accomplished mathematician and astronomer? In this lesson, you will learn about the life and works of Omar Khayyam.

Rhyme Structure: Definition & Types

18. Rhyme Structure: Definition & Types

In this lesson, you'll learn what a rhyme structure is and how the different types of rhyme structure function in poetry. Take a look at the types of rhyme structure and examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde: Summary & Analysis

19. The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde: Summary & Analysis

Many have written on their experiences in prison, but perhaps not so many as poignantly as Oscar Wilde. Keep reading this lesson to find a synopsis of 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol', as well as to see it analyzed!

The Prelude by William Wordsworth: Poem Analysis & Overview

20. The Prelude by William Wordsworth: Poem Analysis & Overview

This lesson will explore Wordsworth's The Prelude, which is one of Wordsworth's most influential and cited poems. We'll look at the context, history, form, and significance of the poem.

William Carlos Williams: Biography, Famous Poems & Writing Style

21. William Carlos Williams: Biography, Famous Poems & Writing Style

William Carlos Williams, part of the Imagist movement in American literature, spent his life trying to convey the American experience. Read about his life, his struggles, and what makes his poetry so unique.

Reading Music Notes: Symbols & Names

22. Reading Music Notes: Symbols & Names

Learning to read music begins with knowing the symbols and names for the music notes presented on sheet music. In this lesson, we will go over the different music symbols and their respective names.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 160 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Support