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Understanding Poetry - Chapter Summary
This chapter covers key facets of poetic form. It begins by solidifying your fundamental understanding of the poetic genre before delving into more advanced topics regarding poetic terms, analysis, and meaning. By the end of the chapter, you will have buffed up your knowledge of:
- How poetic structure impacts meaning
- Rhymes and sounds
- Approaches to reading poetry
- Pointing out forms in American poetry
- Terms and examples of American poetry
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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.
2. How the Structure of a Poem or Drama Contributes to Meaning
Look closely at the form of any poem or play. Authors put a lot of thought into the structure of their work. This lesson discusses how that structure contributes to the overall meaning of the piece as a whole.
3. 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.
4. Different Approaches to Reading Poetry
There are many approaches to reading poetry, depending on the purpose. In this lesson, you'll learn three ways to travel through a poem, from a technique that takes a few seconds to one that will allow a reader to dig into the depths of meaning.
5. Identifying Forms in American Poetry
There is more to poetry than symbolism and imagery. This lesson will help you figure out meter and rhyme schemes in poetry, with some classic American poems as examples.
6. 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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- Understanding Informational Texts
- Understanding Theme and Genre
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- Overview of Sensory Language
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- Understanding Expository Texts
- Understanding Persuasive Texts
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