4.11 Prose Poems: Definition & Famous Examples

Courses 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...

4.10 End Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples

Courses 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...

4.9 Interpreting a Poem’s Main Idea & Theme

Courses 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...

4.8 Inferring Mood in Poetry

Courses 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...

4.7 Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry

Courses 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...

4.6 Imagery, Symbolism & Juxtaposition in Poetry

Courses 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...

4.3 How to Analyze Emotion in Poetry

Courses 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...

4.2 Elements of Poetry: Rhythm

Courses 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...

4.1 Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds

Courses 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...

1.5 Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

Courses 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...