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Ch 11: Poetry of the Ancient and Modern Worlds

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Watch online poetry video lessons to learn about odes, sonnets, epics, elegies and more. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz to help check your understanding of these ancient and modern poetry topics.

Poetry of the Ancient and Modern Worlds - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Poetry can be many things. It may rhyme, or it may not. It may be a few lines, or it may be pages and pages long. It may be written down, or it may have been spoken and passed on through oral tradition. Poetry may be about a simple topic, or it can focus on a legendary person or mythical subject. Poetry of the ancient and modern worlds is interesting, intriguing and all covered in this chapter. You will be introduced to a range of famous poetic pieces and poets. Some of the things you will learn about in these lessons include:

  • Odes and sonnets
  • Dante
  • The Greek epic
  • T.S. Eliot
  • The Imagist Movement
  • Emily Dickinson

VideoObjective
Blank Verse: Definition and Examples Study blank verse poetry.
Odes: Forms & Examples Learn about odes to understand this form of poetry.
Sonnets: Definition & Examples Find out about sonnets.
Elegiac Poems: Definition, Examples & Quiz Examine classic and modern elegiac poems.
Dante's Divine Comedy and the Growth of Literature in the Middle Ages Take a look at the key characters, themes and ideas from Dante's 'Inferno.'
The Iliad: Greek Epic Learn about this Greek epic.
The Odyssey: Greek Epic Study The Odyssey.
The Aeneid by Virgil Get an overview of The Aeneid.
The Epic of Gilgamesh Look at this myth that questions immortality.
Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style Examine T.S. Eliot's background, major works and style changes throughout his career.
E.A. Robinson and the Shift in Modernist Poetry Style Take look at the style and work of Robinson.
The Imagist Movement: Poems, Examples & Key Poets Find out about Imagism.
Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age Study Hughes' role in the Harlem Renaissance.
Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis Analyze 'Because I Could Not Stop for Death' and 'A Narrow Fellow in the Grass.'
Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style Examine how Poe's life impacted his work.

17 Lessons in Chapter 11: Poetry of the Ancient and Modern Worlds
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Blank Verse: Definition and Examples

1. 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.

Odes: Forms & Examples

2. 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

3. 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.

Elegy Poems: Definition & Examples

4. 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!'

The Iliad: Greek Epic

5. 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.

The Odyssey: Greek Epic

6. 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.

The Aeneid by Virgil

7. 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.

The Epic of Gilgamesh

8. 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.

Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style

9. 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.

E.A. Robinson and the Shift in Modernist Poetry Style

10. 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.

The Imagist Movement: Poems, Examples & Key Poets

11. 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.

Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age

12. 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.

Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

13. 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.

Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style

14. 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.

The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

15. The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will learn about Edgar Allan Poe's short story, 'The Black Cat.' We examine its main events and characters and analyze the themes and motifs in the short story. A quiz follows.

The Tyger and the Lamb: Summary & Analysis

16. The Tyger and the Lamb: Summary & Analysis

What could a tiger and a lamb possibly have in common? In this lesson, we'll examine the relationship between William Blake's poems 'The Tyger' and 'The Lamb' as well as the 'contrary states of the human soul' Blake explores in his poetry.

Tonight I Can Write: Summary & Analysis

17. Tonight I Can Write: Summary & Analysis

Pablo Neruda's love poem 'Tonight I Can Write' mourns the loss of a romantic relationship that fell apart. In this lesson, we'll analyze Neruda's use of poetic devices and his expressive style to better understand this meaningful poem.

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