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Ch 20: MTEL English: Elements of Poetry

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Examine these lessons to review various elements of poetry so you can be prepared for the MTEL English exam. This chapter will help you study for questions within the literature and language section of this teacher certification exam.

MTEL English: Elements of Poetry - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will be presented with an explanation of poetry and review how to teach it most effectively. These lessons aim to serve as a study guide for any poetry questions that may appear on the MTEL English exam by detailing numerous elements of poetry, including rhyme, rhythm, sounds, and refrain. The lessons also cover the following:

  • Tercet and idyll in poetry
  • Ekphrastic poems
  • Inferring mood
  • Form and meaning
  • Free verse poetry
  • Anapestic meter

If you find you learn more effectively by reading information, you can opt to consult the full transcriptions that accompany each video lesson. After you study each lesson, take the quick self-assessments to gauge how well you understand the information you have reviewed. You can also take a cumulative exam once you've completed the chapter to ascertain what you may need to study a bit further.

12 Lessons in Chapter 20: MTEL English: Elements of Poetry
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Elements of Poetry: Rhythm

1. Elements of Poetry: Rhythm

Poetry often has a defined beat or rhythm. In this lesson, you'll review the most common forms of poetic rhythm before diving deeper into how those rhythms influence the overall effect of the poem.

Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds

2. Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds

Many poems rhyme, but there is often more going on in terms of the sounds of the words than just what happens at the ends of the lines. This lesson explores some of the nuances of rhyme and sound in poetry.

Tercet in Poetry: Definition & Examples

3. Tercet in Poetry: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll discover what a tercet is and look at different types. Tercets can be enjoyable to read, but understanding exactly how they are written allows us to really appreciate their different forms.

Ekphrastic Poetry: Definition & Examples

4. Ekphrastic Poetry: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll be looking at ekphrastic poetry, which is quite simply describing a work of art or something that we find aesthetically pleasing enough to consider art. We'll also analyze a few poetic examples of this literary staple.

Idyll in Poetry: Definition & Examples

5. Idyll in Poetry: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll be looking at the idyll, which is a type of poetry dealing with pastoral settings. Learn more about these scenic poems and what has motivated people to write them for over two millennia.

Refrain in Poetry: Definition & Examples

6. Refrain in Poetry: Definition & Examples

Learn all about the poetic refrain--what it is, its purpose, and how to write a good one. This lesson will both define and teach the refrain using popular examples and a quiz to test your knowledge.

Inferring Mood in Poetry

7. Inferring Mood in Poetry

Poets have a variety of tools to use to create mood. In this lesson, you'll learn about three of these tools and how you can use that knowledge to infer mood. You'll also learn how this skill applies specifically to the AP Literature exam.

Form & Meaning in Poetry

8. 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 Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition

9. 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.

Anapestic Meter: Definition and Poetry Examples

10. Anapestic Meter: Definition and Poetry Examples

Not all poems have a regular beat to them, and most of the ones that do are iambic. Some are a rarer breed - trochaic, dactylic, or anapestic. Learn what makes anapestic lines different from the rest, and read several examples of anapestic poems.

Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

11. 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.

How to Teach Poetry

12. How to Teach Poetry

Poetry is all around us, from songs on the radio to crazy Dr.Susses books. This lesson will highlight some neat ways to teach poetry in ways that not only provide rigor but also relevance.

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