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Significant Authors, Poets & Literary Works - Chapter Summary
Review significant authors and poets with this chapter. Important works in the literary canon are also covered by these lessons. You can study:
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Langston Hughes and the poetry of the Jazz Age
- Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Satire in the work of Jonathan Swift
- Nonfiction writing of John Adams
- Robinson Crusoe and Of Mice and Men
- 'The Raven,' The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle
- Dragonwings, Sorry, Wrong Number and Freedom Walkers
Our lessons focus on individual authors and their works to ensure you understand their contribution to literature. We offer you self-assessment quizzes to help you assess your knowledge of each writer. If you have questions about a certain work or specific writer, you can contact our expert instructors for assistance.
1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Themes and Analysis
In this lesson, we will continue our exploration of Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through an analysis of plot, characters, and theme.
2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Plot Summary and Characters
In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through a close examination of characters and plot.
3. 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.
4. Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet
Walt Whitman is now considered one of the greatest American poets of all time, but his work was not so well-loved when it first debuted. Find out what made the man and his poems so controversial.
5. 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.
6. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poem Analysis
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was known as a fireside poet because his poems were read by the fire as a means of entertainment. Learn about how he created American history through the use of musical elements, like rhythm and rhyme scheme.
7. Jonathan Swift and Satire: Examples and Analysis
When it comes to English-language satire, few authors can top the legendary Jonathan Swift. Watch this lesson to learn about his two most important works, ~'A Modest Proposal~' and ~'Gulliver's Travels~'.
8. Robinson Crusoe: Summary and Themes
In this lesson, we'll explore Daniel Defoe's 'Robinson Crusoe' while examining themes present in the work. You may also learn some handy skills if you ever find yourself shipwrecked and having to survive on an island for 28 years.
9. Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style
John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' is one of the most enduring American stories of friendship. Watch this video lesson to learn about its characters, main plot events and key themes.
10. Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis
This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven.' Through Poe's use of poetic devices and dark Romantic characteristics, he is able to achieve the 'unity of effect' to appeal to critics and the masses both during his time and even still today.
11. Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Summary and Analysis
Everyone loves a scary story now and then. Learn how Washington Irving's famous story, ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,'' uses imagination and the supernatural to make it a Romantic piece of American literature that is still adapted by television today.
12. Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis
The story of 'Rip Van Winkle' is one of enchantments and escape. In this lesson, we look at how Washington Irving uses his words and Romantic characteristics to create the story's theme.
13. Dragonwings by Laurence Yep: Summary & Analysis
This lesson provides a summary and analysis of how Laurence Yep's 1975 novel ''Dragonwings'', a work of historical fiction about a Chinese-American father and son living in San Francisco in the early 1900s, compares with real accounts of the same events.
14. Lucille Fletcher's Sorry, Wrong Number: Summary & Analysis
Lucille Fletcher's ''Sorry, Wrong Number'' is a 1940s radio drama, a play meant to be heard rather than seen. In this lesson you'll learn the plot and some of the major ideas from this landmark audio production.
15. John Adams' Letter on Thomas Jefferson: Summary & Analysis
John Adams wrote a letter explaining why he asked Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence. In this lesson, you'll learn about his ideas and how he made his case.
16. Russell Freedman's Freedom Walkers: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will explore Russell Freedman's 'Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott,' and examine how the story's events led to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.
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