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Ch 7: Understanding & Analyzing Poetry

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This chapter can help students better understand and confidently analyze poetry. Lessons closely examine poetic literary terms, devices and figurative language. They also analyze works including ''Beowulf'' and ''Paradise Lost.''

Understanding & Analyzing Poetry - Chapter Summary

Expert instructors have developed entertaining video lessons students can use to strengthen their knowledge of poetry. Students can use these lessons anywhere they can access the Internet. Lessons explore various techniques and devices used by authors when writing poetry as well as how to analyze poetic works to understand their meaning. With each lesson is a short quiz designed to assess students' comprehension of concepts covered. At the end of this chapter, students will be prepared to do the following:

  • Exhibit an understanding of technical, literary and genre terms associated with poetry
  • Identify and describe devices used in poetry
  • Decipher meaning in poetry using form and content
  • Use specific techniques for finding a main idea and theme in poetry
  • Identify and draw inferences from a poem's figurative language
  • Analyze use and depiction of emotion in poetry
  • Explain what occurs in the English epic Beowulf and why it has a lasting legacy
  • Discuss the summary and theme of Paradise Lost
  • Summarize, analyze and interpret The Lady of Shalott
  • Analyze Tennyson's poem Ulysses

10 Lessons in Chapter 7: Understanding & Analyzing Poetry
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Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

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!

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.

Form & Meaning in Poetry

3. Form & Meaning in Poetry

In this lesson, we will explore how form and content combine to create meaning in poetry. Along the way, we will examine the components of poetic form and content and define poetic meaning.

Interpreting a Poem's Main Idea & Theme

4. Interpreting a Poem's Main Idea & Theme

Many poems have both a main idea and a theme. In this lesson, you'll learn techniques for finding both in poetry by studying a sample poem. Afterward, you can test your understanding with a short quiz.

Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry

5. Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry

Poetry is difficult to define, but there's one characteristic that most poems share - figurative language. In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify and draw inferences from figurative language.

How to Analyze Emotion in Poetry

6. How to Analyze Emotion in Poetry

Poetry often begins with emotion and finishes with profound insights about human nature. In this lesson, you'll learn how to recognize emotion in poems. By understanding those feelings, you'll gain a broader understanding of literature.

Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English

7. Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English

In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Old English epic, Beowulf. We'll explore what happens, how it's written and why it has such a lasting legacy.

Milton's Paradise Lost: Summary, Theme, and Quotes

8. Milton's Paradise Lost: Summary, Theme, and Quotes

John Milton's 1667 epic poem 'Paradise Lost' is often considered one of the greatest works in the English language. Watch this lesson to learn about the text and its complicated themes.

The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson: Summary, Poem Analysis & Interpretation

9. The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson: Summary, Poem Analysis & Interpretation

In Tennyson's poem 'The Lady of Shalott,' we see a mysterious maiden who is imprisoned by the fear of a curse in the days of King Arthur. In this lesson, we will see how her story unfolds.

Tennyson's Ulysses:  A Victorian Take on Greece

10. Tennyson's Ulysses: A Victorian Take on Greece

'Ulysses' is a very popular poem by Victorian superstar Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Watch our lesson to learn all about this portrait of a hero... or is he a major jerk?

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