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Types of Poetry - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Use this chapter's video lessons and quizzes to explore characteristics of classical odes, elegies, and epics, and learn how some of these forms found their way into Medieval, Renaissance, Romantic, and modern literature. You can even hone your ability to analyze a poem's meter, rhyme, and structure as you make your way through the lessons. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Describe the differences between free verse and blank verse
- Identify various types of narrative and lyric poetry
- Discuss the structure of sonnets and elegies
|Blank Verse: Definition and Examples||Defines blank verse and presents examples of poetry written in the same meter but with unrhymed verse.|
|What Is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition||Discusses poetry with no regular rhyme or meter and provides some popular examples of this form.|
|Narrative Poems: Types & Examples||Characterizes types of narrative poetry, such as epics, ballads, and Romantic narrative poems.|
|Odes: Forms & Examples||Surveys odes, from the Pindaric form to its later uses in such poems as Keats' 'Ode to a Grecian Urn.'|
|Sonnets: Definition & Examples||Explains the nature and structure of Shakespearean, Spenserian, and Petrarchan sonnets.|
|Elegy Poems: Definition & Examples||Examines the form of classic elegies as well as more modern elegies and their structures.|
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. Dramatic Poetry: Definition & Examples
Do you really like poetry, but wish someone else would read it to you? Then look no further than dramatic poetry! Come explore some examples of the dying art of dramatic verse in this lesson.
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