In this course, students will learn that poetry, in any form, can convey thoughts, feelings, and emotions in a way that other forms of literature cannot. Poetry uses almost all of the same literary devices found in all other forms of creative writing—but their use and interpretation varies slightly from other literature. These include tone, voice, literary devices, meter, rhythm, rhyme, audience, etc. Students will engage in an intense study of poetic devices, and then observe and analyze their use in a broad array of poems, encompassing many different poetic forms. The focus in this course is on the study of poetry rather than the creation of original poems.

PRE-REQUISITES: None

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 16-18 weeks or approximately 65 – 75 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS 

Introduction to Poetry

  • What is Poetry?
  • Divisions of Poetry
  • Literary Devices, Similes and Metaphors
  • Author’s Voice
  • Narrative Poetry
  • Point of View
  • Satire

Making Choices

  • Imagery
  • Meter and Rhythm
  • Free and Blank Verse
  • Sounds of Poetry
  • Rhyme
  • Symbolism

Types of Poetry

  • Dramatic Poetry
  • Narrative and Lyrical Poetry
  • Epic, Ballad, Elegy, Ode
  • The Shape of Poetry
  • Japanese Influence on Poetry
  • Poems with a Little Fun

Famous Poetry from the Beginning

  • Sonnet
  • Beginning of Renaissance
  • The Elizabethan Age
  • William Shakespeare
  • Beginning of Poetry in America
  • A Look at Edgar Allan Poe

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