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SAT Literature: Poetry Terms and Types - Chapter Summary
Don't get tripped up on the difference between metered verse and blank verse or between an ode and a sonnet. Use Study.com's easy-to-understand video lessons to help you understand the poetry topics and vocabulary you'll need to do your best on the SAT literature exam. Lesson in this chapter will cover the following:
- Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry
- Blank Verse
- Narrative Poems
- Lyric Poetry: Odes, Sonnets, The Elegy
The lessons in this chapter help you understand the different kinds of poetry using examples from literature. Lessons are broken down into short segments that you can make sure you understand one before moving on to the next one. As you finish each lesson, you'll have to chance to take a self-assessment quiz to test yourself on what you've learned.
SAT Literature Objectives
You might take the SAT subject test in literature for several reasons: to showcase your interest and skills in literature on your college applications, to show achievement in the English language if you're a native speaker of another language, or because you're a home-schooled student who wants to compare her knowledge to that of other students at his or her grade level. The test gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of U.S. and English literature, as well as literature in English from other parts of the world, from the Renaissance through the 20th century.
Whatever the reason you choose to take the SAT subject exam in literature, you'll need to know poetry, which covers 40%-50% of the exam. Another 40%-50% pertains to prose passages, including excerpts from essays and fiction; the final possible ten percent covers drama and other literary topics. In all, there are approximately 60 multiple-choice questions. You'll read 6-8 texts generally reflecting what's commonly taught in high schools, each followed by a series of questions about it.
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. 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. Narrative Poems: Types & Examples
Some of history's most famous heroes have been immortalized in narrative poetry: King Arthur, Odysseus, and even Jed Clampett. From Homer to Chaucer to Poe to The Beverly Hillbillies, narrative poetry has been used to preserve some of the world's greatest stories.
4. Lyric Poetry: Definition, Types & Examples
This lesson analyzes the characteristics of lyric poetry. Several types of lyric poetry are described with examples demonstrating the construction and theme of each type.
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- SAT Subject Test Literature: Figurative Language in Literature
- SAT Subject Test Literature: Literary Genres
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- SAT Subject Test Literature: Prominent Plays & Playwrights
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- SAT Subject Test Literature: Authors & Works from English Literature
- SAT Subject Test Literature: American Novelists
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- SAT Subject Test Literature: Writing Structure & Organization
- SAT Subject Test Literature: Language and Sentence Structure