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...