Ch 16: NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Poetry

About This Chapter

Review poetry analysis and interpretation with the video lessons and practice quizzes in this chapter. You'll find all the resources you need to prepare for poetry questions on the National Evaluation Series (NES) English Language Arts (ELA) exam.

NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Poetry - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter's resources to review poetry forms, elements and analysis techniques as you get ready for the NES ELA test. Lesson topics in this chapter include the following:

  • Poetry terminology
  • ABAB rhyme scheme
  • Blank verse and free verse
  • Elegies and odes
  • Narrative poems
  • Sonnets
  • Ballads
  • Soliloquies
  • Consonance
  • Ways in which a poem's structure contributes to its meaning

Each poetry topic is broken down into short video lessons. Watch the lessons as many times as you'd like until you've fully grasped the concepts. If you want to follow along with the instructors, every lesson comes with a full written transcript. Test your readiness for poetry questions on the NES ELA with lesson quizzes and a chapter exam.

NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Poetry Chapter Objectives

The NES ELA exam is a licensure requirement for English teachers in some states. Expect to answer 150 multiple-choice questions on reading, literature, and written, oral and visual communication. This chapter will help you study for poetry questions in the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature subarea of the exam, worth about 23% of the total test score. You'll be asked about the characteristics of different poetry forms, poetic devices and the figures of speech that are used in poetry. Point of view, tone, voice and mood, poetry structures, rhyme scheme and the central themes in selected works of poetry are other topics you'll need to be familiar with.

12 Lessons in Chapter 16: NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Poetry
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

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!

Poems with ABAB Rhyme Scheme: Examples & Definition

2. 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.

Blank Verse: Definition and Examples

3. 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

4. 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.

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!'

Narrative Poems: Types & Examples

6. 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

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.

Sonnets: Definition & Examples

8. 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.

Petrarchan Sonnet: Rhyme Scheme, Format & Example Poems

9. Petrarchan Sonnet: Rhyme Scheme, Format & Example Poems

The sonnet is one of the most well-respected poetic forms in the English language, but did you know that this form began in Italian? Explore the inner workings of the Petrarchan sonnet and break down examples from Emma Lazarus and Joshua Mehigan.

What is a Ballad Poem? - Definition, Structure & Examples

10. What is a Ballad Poem? - Definition, Structure & Examples

Ballad poems, folk ballads. . . they're all the same, right? Not exactly. Find out the difference in this lesson, where you'll learn about ballad poems, their structure and get to see a couple examples of this poetic genre.

Soliloquy: Definition & Examples

11. Soliloquy: Definition & Examples

Drama is a vastly different medium from written literature. This lesson focuses on one particular thing that exists only in spoken performances: the soliloquy.

How the Structure of a Poem or Drama Contributes to Meaning

12. How the Structure of a Poem or Drama Contributes to Meaning

Look closely at the form of any poem or play. Authors put a lot of thought into the structure of their work. This lesson discusses how that structure contributes to the overall meaning of the piece as a whole.

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