About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Types of Poetry 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.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Blank Verse||Poetry without rhyme, definition of iambic pentameter and examples of the form|
|Tuesday||Free Verse||Poetry without metrical patterns or rhyme and examples of free verse|
|Wednesday||Narrative Poems||Ballads, epics and romantic narrative poems|
|Thursday||Odes and Sonnets||Pindaric and later forms of odes, Ode to a Grecian Urn by Keats and Shakespearean sonnets|
|Friday||Elegy Poems||Poems as expressions of mourning, classic and contemporary elegies and structure of elegies|
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.
2. 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.
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. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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!'
7. Rhyming Couplets: Definition, Examples & Effect
Rhyming couplets are a defining dynamic duo throughout the canon of literary poetry. In this lesson, explore more through a full definition, examples and a discussion of their effect.
8. What Is Haiku Poetry? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you'll learn what haiku poetry is, take a look at some examples, and see how the traditional Japanese form has influenced its evolution in the English-speaking world.
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