Ch 11: Poetry of the Ancient & Modern Worlds Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Poetry of the Ancient and Modern Worlds chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach poetry through the centuries in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Blank verse
Odes
Sonnets
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
Tuesday
Elegy Poems
'The Iliad'
'The Odyssey'
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
Wednesday'The Aeneid'
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
E.A. Robinson
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
FridayLangston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance
Emily Dickinson
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

17 Lessons in Chapter 11: Poetry of the Ancient & Modern Worlds Lesson Plans
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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.

Dante's Divine Comedy and the Growth of Literature in the Middle Ages

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.

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

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.

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

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.

The Imagist Movement: Poems, Examples & Key Poets

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.

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

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.

Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

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.

Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style

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.

Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Analysis & Theme

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.

Traditional Poems: Definition & Examples

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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