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Transcript of Poetry
Dictionary Definition: literary works written in verse, in particular verse writing of high quality, great beauty, emotional sincerity or intensity, or profound insight
What are COUPLETS?: Couplets are two pair lines that rhyme in an AABB rhyme scheme. A couplet is NOT a poem type, it is part of a poem. A couplet can be used to lighten up an important subject.
What is po·et·ry?
Lyric: Let's Go
Ballad: A dance-like poem with simple language that talks of stories about love, tragedy, or adventure.
Sonnet: A poem that discusses love and has a very strict, specific meter.
Ode: A fancily written poem with heightened language talks of praise or thankfulness.
Epic: A very long story about a great hero and their actions. It may or may not rhyme. It includes values of society.
Lyric: A poem about thoughts and feeelings and has a musical rhythm. Typically, they have implied messages within them. Many other poems share characteristics a lyric, but rarely have all of them.
Kinds of Poetry
"I am, my lord, as well derived as he,
As well possess'd; my love is more than his;
My fortunes every way as fairly rank'd,
If not with vantage, as Demetrius';
And, which is more than all these boasts can be,
I am beloved of beauteous Hermia..."
-Excerpt from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
"Epic of Gilgamesh"
POETRY IS OLDER THAN WRITING ITSELF. Poems were instead explained orally, through songs or stories. Most poetry before the written period were lost, unfortunately, but some were successfully copied into written form to keep for hundreds of years afterward, some are kept even to the present day.
Turning a Boring Concept Into Something Interesting
History of Poetry
Edgar Allan Poe
Dante Alighieri: A major Italian poet, who is known for his Divine comedy, "Divina Commedia"
Homer: Known for his epics, especially the "Iliad" and "Odyssey"
Edgar Allan Poe: American poet who is known for his detective fiction, such as "The Raven"
William Shakespeare: English poet who is regarded as one of the greatest writer in the English language, and is known for "Hamlet" and "Romeo and Juliet"
Famous Poets of the Ages
The modern term "poetry" comes from the Medieval Latin "poetria", or "poetess", which comes from Latin "poeta", or "poet".
The term we now use was created in the Middle English Era.
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"Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein
"Ode to a Toad" by Anne-Marie Wulfsberg
"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost
"A Dream Within a Dream" by Edgar Allan Poe
"The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe
"O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman
"The Broken Heart" by William Barnes
"Digging" by Seamus Heaney
"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas
"Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe
"In the Greenest of our Valleys" (The House of the Falling Usher) by Edgar Allan Poe
"We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks
"This is Just to Say" by William Carlos Williams