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Ch 2: Poetry: Form, Techniques & Analysis

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Poetry: Form, Techniques & Analysis - Chapter Summary

In this chapter on form, techniques and analysis of poetry, entertaining video lessons developed by professional instructors go over free verse poetry as well as emotion and juxtaposition in poetry. They also teach you about form and meaning in poetry. By the time you complete the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Provide examples of prose poems
  • Define blank verse
  • Give an example of an alliterative verse
  • Discuss end rhyme in poetry
  • Interpret the main idea of a poem
  • Describe figurative language in poetry
  • Explain how to infer mood in poetry
  • Discuss use of similes and metaphors in poetry

In this chapter, subject-matter experts present information on form, techniques and analysis of poetry using lots of helpful examples. There's even a full written transcript for each video that can be used to study offline. To gauge your understanding of what you've learned, there's a short quiz available for each lesson.

12 Lessons in Chapter 2: Poetry: Form, Techniques & Analysis
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Prose Poems: Definition & Famous Examples

1. Prose Poems: Definition & Famous Examples

What exactly is a prose poem? In this lesson, we will define prose poems, analyze characteristics of prose poetry, and learn about a few famous examples. We will wrap up the lesson with a short quiz to test our knowledge.

What Is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition

2. 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.

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.

Alliterative Verse: Definition & Examples

4. Alliterative Verse: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn more about the definition of alliterative verse and read some examples of alliterative verse. Then you can test your newfound knowledge with a quiz.

End Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples

5. End Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will define end rhyme. We will also cover why some poets and songwriters choose to use it. Then we will identify examples of end rhyme by looking at stanzas from classic poems and from a popular nursery rhyme.

Form & Meaning in Poetry

6. 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.

Interpreting a Poem's Main Idea & Theme

7. Interpreting a Poem's Main Idea & Theme

Many poems have both a main idea and a theme. In this lesson, you'll learn techniques for finding both in poetry by studying a sample poem. Afterward, you can test your understanding with a short quiz.

Inferring Mood in Poetry

8. 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.

How to Analyze Emotion in Poetry

9. How to Analyze Emotion in Poetry

Poetry often begins with emotion and finishes with profound insights about human nature. In this lesson, you'll learn how to recognize emotion in poems. By understanding those feelings, you'll gain a broader understanding of literature.

Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry

10. Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry

Poetry is difficult to define, but there's one characteristic that most poems share - figurative language. In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify and draw inferences from figurative language.

Imagery, Symbolism & Juxtaposition in Poetry

11. Imagery, Symbolism & Juxtaposition in Poetry

Poetry is a dense and rich form of literature. In this lesson you'll learn about how imagery, symbolism, and juxtaposition work to add depth to poetry. You'll also learn some tips for taking the AP Literature exam.

Similes, Metaphors & Personification in Poetry

12. Similes, Metaphors & Personification in Poetry

Comparison is the basis of figurative language, and the most common forms of poetic comparison are simile, metaphor, and personification. In this lesson, you'll define all three terms and see several examples of each.

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