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Students Will Review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a poetry terms unit of a standard poetry course. Topics covered include:
- Common literary techniques and terms
- Using symbolism and imagery
- Distinguishing and using allusion and illusion
- Reading Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 for content, theme and meaning
- Analysis of American poetry
1. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry
Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!
2. What is a Stanza in Poetry? - Definition & Examples
Want to find out what poems and houses have in common? In this lesson, we'll explore the 'rooms' that stanzas create in poetry, drawing on examples from Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Frost, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Elizabeth Bishop, and Lord Byron.
3. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples
In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.
4. Allegorical Poem: Definition & Examples
Allegorical poems are like a two-for-one deal: you get the literal and the symbolic. Read about what defines an allegorical poem and a few of the master poets who wrote them.
5. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples
Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.
6. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types
Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.
7. Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples
Allusions and illusions have little in common besides the fact that they sound similar. Learn the difference between the two and how allusions are an important part of literature and writing - and how to spot them in text.
8. Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: Summary, Theme & Analysis
In this lesson, we will analyze Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, where he compares his love to a summer's day. Shakespeare's use of imagery and figurative language creates vivid pictures for the reader.
9. Analyzing American Poetry: Terms and Examples
It can sometimes be tough to figure out what a poem means. This lesson provides some tools to help you analyze poetry and develop your interpretations.
10. Anastrophe: Definition & Examples
Anastrophe is a scheme that writers use which moves words out of the normal order that they would be commonly spoken in. What does anastrophe look like? Why would a writer use anastrophe? Find out the answers to these questions by reading this article!
11. Clerihew Poems: Definition & Examples
Have you ever made up funny little rhymes to pass the time in a particularly boring class? In this lesson, you'll learn all about a type of poetry that got its start this way and see a few examples of these works known as 'Clerihew poems.'
12. Dimeter: Definition & Examples
It probably sounds like something you'd use to turn down the lights, but dimeter is certainly not a household gadget. Come learn more about this poetic meter in this lesson, where you'll see the term defined and some examples of the meter in use.
13. Hermia from A Midsummer Night's Dream: Character Traits, Analysis & Monologue
In Shakespeare's play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' the beautiful Hermia is faced with three impossible choices: marry a man she doesn't love, disobey her father and die, or become a nun. Instead, she chooses a course of her own and risks adventure in a magical wood.
14. Onomatopoeia in Literature: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will explore onomatopoeia, one way that poets convey sound. When a poet uses onomatopoeia, the word, itself, looks like the sound it makes, and somehow we 'hear' it as we read.
15. Scansion in Poetry: Definition & Examples
Usually, it's pretty easy to hear the rhythm in poetry, but describing that rhythm is another matter entirely. In this lesson, we'll explore the process of scansion, which allows us to break down the rhythm of poetry using visual clues.
16. Sestet in Poetry: Definition & Examples
Six lines in length, the sestet is often the hallmark conclusion of the sonnet form. In this lesson, explore these poetic concepts through a comprehensive definition and examples.
17. Sestina: Definition, Format & Poem Examples
Want to broaden your poetic repertoire? Or maybe you just think 'sestina' is a funny word? Either way, come learn more about this complex poetic form and encounter some poems of its kind.
18. Triplet in Poetry: Examples & Concept
The triplet is a unique stanza form in poetry. Examine its several faces through examples in this lesson, and then track your new knowledge with a brief quiz.
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