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Below is a sample breakdown of the Poetry of the Ancient and Modern Worlds chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| Blank verse|
| Definition and examples including Shakespeare's use of blank verse, iambic pentameter|
Horatian ode, Pindaric ode, chorus, strophe
Definition of sonnets with examples from Shakespeare, Spenser and Petrarch
| Classic and modern elegies, form and structure, examples|
A look at the Greek epic poem, including the concept of Xenia
Overview of the characters and scenes in The Odyssey
The Epic of 'Gilgamesh'
Dante's Divine Comedy and literature in the Middle Ages
|Reasons why 'The Aeneid' was written, themes|
The Sumerian religion, focusing on immortality, and the pessimism of the culture
Themes and characters in Dante's work, the development of literature during this period
|Thursday|| T.S. Eliot|
The Imagist Movement
|Eliot's background, major works and the development of his style|
Robinson's work and changes in modernist poetry
Examples and features of Imagist poems, the work of Amy Lowell and Ezra Pound
|Friday||Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance|
Edgar Allen Poe
|Hughes' themes and examples of his poems|
Overview of several Dickinson poems, personification
Poe's life and its impact on his work
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.
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.
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.
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!'
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.
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.
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.
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.
9. 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.
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. Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Analysis & Theme
In this lesson, we will study 'Annabel Lee,' a poem written by the Gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe. After a summary of the poem, we will analyze its structure, themes and motifs, before finishing with a short quiz.
17. Traditional Poems: Definition & Examples
Can you pick out a haiku when you see it? Probably so, because it's a type of traditional poem that many of us should be able to identify. Read this lesson to find out more about traditional poems and see a few of these old-fashioned favorites!
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