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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a poetry of the ancient and modern worlds unit of a standard introductory humanities course. Topics covered include:
- Blank verse
- Elegiac poems
- Greek epics
- The Harlem Renaissance
- Works and styles of E.A. Robinson, Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe
1. Dante's Divine Comedy and the Growth of Literature in the Middle Ages
Dante Alighieri was a poet and philosopher from Florence during a time of political unrest. This article explores one of his most well-known poems and its impact on literature and Italian society.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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!'
6. The Iliad: Greek Epic
This lecture traces the history of Greek epics. It then examines the central themes of 'The Iliad': Xenia, Achilles' wrath, and his quest for immortality. The plot of 'The Iliad' is summarized and attention is drawn to themes from the Sumerian tradition.
7. The Odyssey: Greek Epic
This lecture provides a rough outline of the exploits of Odysseus in Homer's epic poem ''The Odyssey''. You'll learn plot details about this epic poem, in addition to hearing about how this important tale relates to Greek culture and literary works throughout history.
8. The Aeneid by Virgil
This lesson explores Virgil's 'Aeneid'. It consists of a brief plot synopsis. We stop along the way to look at a few important scenes and offer analysis where necessary.
9. The Epic of Gilgamesh
Witness the Epic of Gilgamesh, a story of adventure, love and friendship. This long poem will help us examine the hallmarks of civilization for a Sumerian and the importance of dreams. We'll also cover the Sumerian contributions to the epic form of literature.
10. Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style
This video introduces T.S. Eliot and his major works. It outlines his early life and move to England, and traces his stylistic evolution over his most famous and significant poems.
11. E.A. Robinson and the Shift in Modernist Poetry Style
In the early 1900s, a new movement in poetry emerged. Find out about the Modernist movement in poetry and one of the first American Modernists, E.A. Robinson.
12. The Imagist Movement: Poems, Examples & Key Poets
The Imagist movement in modern poetry focused on describing objects as opposed to the long philosophical discussions of traditional poetry. Read on to find out more about Imagism and read poems by two of its founders, H.D. and Amy Lowell.
13. Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age
Langston Hughes was a popular poet from the Harlem Renaissance. His Jazz Age poems, including 'Harlem' and 'I, Too, Sing America,' discussed the racism facing African Americans in the 1920s and '30s.
14. Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis
Emily Dickinson was a well-known poet of the mid-1800s whose numerous works have stood the test of time. But what in the world did her poems really mean? In this video, we'll explore one of her most recognized pieces and analyze its meaning and purpose.
15. Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style
This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe, the father of the modern mystery story. Through his works, like 'The Raven' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' Poe reflected the characteristics of Dark Romanticism by creating horrific storylines and characters while exploring the dark, irrational depths of the human mind.
16. Aristotle's Poetics: Summary & Analysis
You may have taken a look at Aristotle's 'Poetics' and thought to yourself, 'This sounds like Greek to me.' But, that doesn't mean you can't get a grasp on the philosopher's message. Watch this video for a synopsis and analysis of this ancient aesthetic treatise!
17. Astrophel and Stella: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson we will look at 'Astrophel and Stella', written by Sir Phillip Sydney in 1582. Sidney was a poet, statesman, and member of the Parliament under Queen Elizabeth I. This is a series of 108 sonnets and 11 songs devoted to the love of a man for a woman.
18. Emma Lazarus: Biography & Poems
Many of us can probably think of celebrities who've died young, but probably none were quite like Emma Lazarus. Read on to learn more about this important American poet and take a look at some of her work that you're sure to recognize!
19. Gary Snyder: Biography & Poems
Gary Snyder is an American poet who got his start in the Beat Generation, but he is best known for the environmental and eastern themes found in his work. In this lesson, you will learn about Snyder's early life, career, and poems.
20. Khalil Gibran: Biography, Poems & Books
The most celebrated Lebanese-American poet ever was Khalil Gibran. He was a consummate artist who wanted to change the world and open hearts to spirituality through his art. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and John Lennon all agree to being influenced by the writing of Khalil Gibran.
21. Mirabai: Biography, Poems & Books
Mirabai, Mira Bai, or Meera is known by many names. She was a canonical poet of Hindu faith, but how much of her story is true and how much is legend is still unclear. Let's take a look at the life and work of this remarkable woman.
22. In a Station of the Metro by Ezra Pound: Poem Analysis & Overview
Did you know that one of the most famous poems in the English language is only fourteen words long? In this lesson, explore the poetic complexity of Ezra Pound's 'In a Station of the Metro.'
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