Ch 21: MTEL English: Types of Poetry

About This Chapter

This chapter on types of poetry is geared towards guiding you into an improved understanding of the related material you'll be seeing on the MTEL English exam, using engaging video lessons taught by professional instructors to get the job done right.

MTEL English: Types of Poetry - Chapter Summary

This chapter will take you through various key forms of poetry with effectiveness and efficiency, making sure to cover all the subject-relevant content you may find on the MTEL English exam. By the time you're finished with these lessons, you can expect to feel more confident about questions concerning:

  • Concrete and dramatic poetry
  • Narrative poems
  • Ballads
  • Limericks
  • Haiku poetry
  • Epic, metaphysical, and lyric poetry
  • Sonnets

You'll be able to test out your new understanding before you even take the exam by using the practice quizzes at the end of each lesson. If you get a question wrong on these quizzes, you won't have to worry about searching through the lesson to find the answer, as you'll be provided with an option to jump right back to the relevant point where the material was covered.

10 Lessons in Chapter 21: MTEL English: Types of Poetry
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Concrete Poetry: Definition & Examples

1. 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.

Dramatic Poetry: Definition & Examples

2. 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.

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.

What is a Ballad? - Definition & Examples

4. 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.

Limerick: Definition, Rules & Examples

5. Limerick: Definition, Rules & Examples

This lesson reviews closed-form poetry, specifically focusing on limericks. The limerick is defined and the structure is explained. Examples are given to illustrate the format.

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.

Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories

7. 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.

Metaphysical Poetry: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

8. 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.

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.

Lyric Poetry: Definition, Types & Examples

10. Lyric Poetry: Definition, Types & Examples

This lesson analyzes the characteristics of lyric poetry. Several types of lyric poetry are described with examples demonstrating the construction and theme of each type.

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