4.11 Prose Poems: Definition & Famous Examples

What exactly is a prose poem? In this lesson, we will define prose poems, analyze characteristics of prose poetry, and learn about a few famous examples. We will wrap up the lesson with a short quiz to test our knowledge. Introduction to Prose Poetry Have you ever...

4.10 End Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will define end rhyme. We will also cover why some poets and songwriters choose to use it. Then we will identify examples of end rhyme by looking at stanzas from classic poems and from a popular nursery rhyme. What Is End Rhyme? End rhyme is when...

4.9 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. Main Idea vs. Theme Imagine you've just stepped out of the movies....

4.8 Inferring Mood in Poetry

Poets have a variety of tools to use to create mood. In this lesson, you'll learn about three of these tools and how you can use that knowledge to infer mood. You'll also learn how this skill applies specifically to the AP Literature exam. Setting the Mood Somber....

4.7 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. Figurative or Literal One way to think about language is to see that...

4.6 Imagery, Symbolism & Juxtaposition in Poetry

Poetry is a dense and rich form of literature. In this lesson you'll learn about how imagery, symbolism, and juxtaposition work to add depth to poetry. You'll also learn some tips for taking the AP Literature exam. Distilled Language Rita Dove, who served as the Poet...

4.3 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. Poetic Emotion Poetry is when...

4.2 Elements of Poetry: Rhythm

Poetry often has a defined beat or rhythm. In this lesson, you'll review the most common forms of poetic rhythm before diving deeper into how those rhythms influence the overall effect of the poem. Rhythm, Meter and Feet The advanced placement test for English...

4.1 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. More Than Rhymes Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump...

1.6 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! Introduction Poetry is kind of terrifying. It's not like reading a book, where you generally expect...

1.5 Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

The study of literature is a broad, diverse field. However, there's some general knowledge you should have before you dive in. Check out these terms to get a handle on the basics of prose study. Introduction The question of how to study books is one that is asked a...

Biddy Tarot Video On Intuitive Reading

Card numerology New beginningsPartnershipCreationStability & foundationsConflict & changeHarmony & growthSpirituality & KnowledgeActionFulfilmentCompletion & renewal Suits and elements Cups - waterrelationships, feelings, emotions, creativity...

1.3 Heraclitus vs. Parmenides

In this lesson, we compare the theories of two ancient Greek philosophers: Heraclitus, the philosopher of change, and Parmenides, the philosopher of permanence. In what ways they are different and how they are alike? Pre-Socratic Philosophy Among the pre-Socratic...

Binaural Beats

Acoustic Brainwave Entrainment with Binaural Beats Dr. Jeffrey D. Thompson, D.C., B.F.A. What are Binaural Beats? Binaural beats are auditory brainstem responses which originate in the superior olivary nucleus of each hemisphere. They result from the interaction of...

Interference Patterns of Sound Waves

Sounds are all around us, but how they interact affects how we experience them. In this lesson, we'll explore the patterns created by interfering sound waves. Afterward, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz. Sound Waves Let's conduct a scientific...

How Sound Waves Interact

Sound waves move through the air and hit your ear. If sound waves collide, they change the wave and ultimately how you hear the sound. How the wave changes depends on whether the waves meet constructively or destructively. Sound Waves If you've ever been to the Grand...

Abnormal Sounds: Basic Physical Exam Terminology

We are going to discuss the different abnormal sounds that may be observed when doing a basic physical exam and what they may tell the doctor is going on in the body. Physical Exam So, you know you should get a physical exam every year. You haven't gotten one up until...

What is Timbre in Music?

The music we hear is more than just a matter of pitch and rhythm. In this lesson, we'll explore the concept of timbre and see how it impacts the sounds that we hear. Timbre What color is your favorite kind of music? That may sound like an odd question to ask, but it's...

The Human Voice

How are guitar strings and the human voice similar? Here's a hint: both rely on vibrations to make sound. Complete this lesson to learn how the human voice is produced in the larynx using air and vibrations. Your Instrument What's your favorite song? To sing along to...

Stages of Listening: Definitions & Process

What does listening entail? There's more to it than meets the... ear. In this lesson, explore the five stages of listening and test your understanding, and listening, with a brief quiz. What Is Listening? Listen up! Hey, nice work; you can listen! A lot of people...

What is Echolocation?

Some animals have the ability to locate prey, navigate, and even communicate with one another using echolocation. This lesson will describe what echolocation is and provide examples of how it works. Understanding Echolocation Imagine you're a crewmember on board a...

Musical Timbre of Instruments and Singers: Definition

How can you tell if you are listening to a violin or a flute? How do composers use timbre to express their ideas and keep the listener interested? Find out in this lesson on timbre! What Is Timbre? No, we're not talking about trees here - we're talking about timbre!...

Anatomy of The Ear’s External Structures

What is the pinna? Is it the same thing as your earlobe? Does the eardrum have anything to do with the tympanic membrane? Find out as we explore all of this and other important structures involved in the sensation of hearing as sound enters your ear. Talking to Your...

Influential World Filmmakers: Kurosawa to Bergman

In this lesson, we will meet some famous international filmmakers. We will explore the contributions of directors like Akira Kurosawa, Sergei Eisenstein, Billy Wilder, and Ingmar Bergman. A World of Stories The lights go dim. The theater falls silent. You wriggle in...

Influential American Filmmakers: Hitchcock to Spielberg

In this lesson, we will meet a few of America's most famous filmmakers. We will look at the accomplishments of Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, and several other influential directors who have changed the movie industry. The People Who Tell the Stories Filmmakers...

Introduction of Sound to the Film Industry

In this lesson, we will explore the introduction of sound to the film industry. We will learn about the inventions that made sound in film possible, study the first movies with sound, and reflect on the changes that sound brought to the movie world. The Silent Era...

Early Film Directors & Techniques

In this lesson, we will study early film. We will look at the inventions that helped create the movie industry and explore the first films, directors, movie stars, and movie companies. A Bevy of Inventions In 2013, the movie industry in the United States and Canada...

Ho Do Sound And Matter Interact?

Learn how sound and matter are related and what happens when a sound wave reaches a new material. Also discover how absorption and reflection of sound can be useful. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz. What is Sound and Matter? Matter is all around us. And so is...

Place Theory of Hearing: Definition & Explanation

The place theory of hearing states that different parts of the cochlea are activated by different frequencies. Learn more about the place theory of hearing and the structure of the ear. What Is the Place Theory of Hearing? The place theory of hearing is used to...

Frequency Theory of Hearing: Definition & Explanation

How is it that we can listen to music and hear each individual note? This has to do with the frequency theory of hearing and the structure of the ear. Learn more about the frequency theory and then take a short quiz. The Frequency Theory Martin is listening to his...

Mechanics of Hearing & How the Brain Processes Sound

How do our ears transform sound into signals that our brains can process? In this lesson, you'll cover properties of sound waves and how they interact with key parts of the ear. Introduction Did you know where the smallest bones in your body are? They're not in your...

Sound Quality: Definition, Differentiation & Noise

How does your brain tell the difference between a note played by a guitar and the same note played by a piano? The answer has to do with sound quality, or timbre. Learn about the characteristics that your brain interprets to distinguish sounds. Timbre When you go to a...

The Doppler Effect: Definition, Examples & Applications

What is the Doppler effect? How does it affect our perceptions of sound and light? In this lesson, learn how traveling wave sources can change the way we observe sound and light waves. Explore the applications of the Doppler effect on shock waves, sonic booms, and the...

Transverse & Longitudinal Waves: Definition & Examples

What comes to mind when you think of a wave? Chances are your mental image takes the form of a transverse wave. But, longitudinal waves are just as important, and understanding the difference is vital to learning about waves. In this lesson, explore both types of...

Vibrations and Waves: Energy and Motion

What is a wave? What causes waves, and how do they travel from one place to another? This lesson will guide you through the basics of waves. We'll discuss their origins from vibrations and investigate how they carry energy through a medium. Vibrations Have you ever...

Wave Parameters: Wavelength, Amplitude, Period, Frequency & Speed

How do we measure and describe waves? How do waves differ based upon their shapes? This lesson will guide you through the five wave parameters - period, frequency, amplitude, wavelength, and speed - that we use to characterize waves. Wave Parameters So, we've learned...

Resonance: Definition & Transmission of Waves

This lesson describes how sound and light waves are affected by the principle of resonance. Learn how resonance occurs through the vibrations and resonant frequencies of objects. You'll investigate everyday examples of resonance and learn how to break a wine glass...

Sound: Definition, Influences, Pitch & Volume

What is a sound? Learn about sounds and what influences how we perceive them, including pitch and volume. Test your understanding of sound features and finish off with a quiz. What Is Sound? Have you ever wondered how or why things make sounds? Sound comes so...

Sound Attenuation: Definition & Effects

What exactly is sound, how does it travel, and why does it change volume? There are a lot of questions we can ask about sound, and in this lesson, we'll explore the idea of sound attenuation to explain a few of them. Sound Attenuation Can you hear me now? And, what...

What is SPL (Sound Pressure Level)? – Definition & Examples

The pressure within a sound wave determines the loudness of the sound. In this lesson, learn how to calculate the sound pressure level of a sound wave and what this measurement represents. What Is Sound Pressure? When it comes down to it, your ears are pretty amazing....

Pitch and Volume in Sound Waves

What do pitch and volume mean when talking about sound waves? Further your understanding of sound waves in this lesson as we explore the more familiar aspects of sound. We'll learn about pitch and volume and how they relate to sound wave parameters. Sounds and Their...