Ch 6: TACHS: Poetry

About This Chapter

Studying poetry for the TACHS test can be fun and easy with this chapter filled with short video lessons and quizzes. You will be able to answer questions similar to the ones you will find on your test in no time!

TACHS: Poetry - Chapter Summary

Study the different kinds of narrative poems by watching a 5-minute video about them, and explore examples of odes. Quiz yourself on the definition of a stanza by using one of this chapter's short quizzes. In all, you can use this chapter to help you get the practice you need to answer questions about the following items:

  • Overview of poetry
  • Definition of poetic device and poetry
  • Poetic rhyme and sound
  • Poetry: literary terms and elements
  • Definition of a stanza, blank verse, and free verse poetry
  • Kinds of narrative poems
  • Examples of odes, sonnets, and elegy poems
  • American poetry analysis

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TACHS: Poetry Objectives

The topics found in this chapter are a part of the Reading test of the TACHS. You could see questions that will ask you to show how well you can read and understand different forms of literary works, including poetry. The Reading category is 1 of 5 subjects on which you will be tested. All questions will be in multiple-choice form and answered on paper.

12 Lessons in Chapter 6: TACHS: Poetry
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Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

1. Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

This lesson will introduce the formal qualities of poetry and the ways that it differs from prose. Among other things, we'll consider meter, rhyme schemes, stanzas, and popular poetic forms.

Poetic Devices: Definition, Types & Examples

2. Poetic Devices: Definition, Types & Examples

There are many types of poetic devices that can be used to create a powerful, memorable poem. In this lesson, we are going to learn about these devices and look at examples of how they are used. We will also discuss their purpose to understand the importance of using them effectively.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

3. 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!

Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds

4. Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds

Many poems rhyme, but there is often more going on in terms of the sounds of the words than just what happens at the ends of the lines. This lesson explores some of the nuances of rhyme and sound in poetry.

What is a Stanza in Poetry? - Definition & Examples

5. 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.

Blank Verse: Definition and Examples

6. 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.

What Is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition

7. What Is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition

Did you know that Walt Whitman, who lived in the mid-1800s, was influential in shaping the American identity? Find out how his writing style is connected to the King James Bible and the famous Beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

Narrative Poems: Types & Examples

8. 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.

Odes: Forms & Examples

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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!'

Analyzing American Poetry: Terms and Examples

12. 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.

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