• 2 major types of poetry

    *Lyric Poetry: Focuses on the speaker’s state of mind or emotional state. Does not tell a story. Lyric poetry retains some of the elements of song (Greek writers sang poems accompanied by the sounds of the lyre)

         3 major types of Lyric poems:

    Elegy: A lament for the death of a particular person, such as Tennyson’s In Memoriam A.H.H.

    Ode: A long lyric poem with a serious subject matter written in an elevated style, such as John Keats’ Ode to a Grecian Urn

    Sonnet: Originally written as love poems, Shakespeare popularized the sonnet by writing over 150 during his time. They follow a strict rhyme scheme and meter (Meter: the rhythm of a poem, especially through stressed and unstressed syllables)


    *Narrative Poetry: A story told in verse form. Might be a love story, a story about child and parent, the deeds of a hero/ heroine, etc.

        3 major types of narrative poems:

    Epic: Long works that deal with big events, such as the founding of a nation (Virgil’s Aeneid) or the beginning of world history (Milton’s Paradise Lost). Supernatural occurrences often take place.

    Ballad: A song (originally a folk tale of the oral tradition). The ballad stanza is a four-line stanza which follows a strict rhyme scheme.

    Idyll: A descriptive poem dealing with rustic life or pastoral scenes (country life) and the contentment and peace therein


    Here are the first notes taken for our poetry unit . Included are links to the poems that we will be reading 1/14-1/18

     "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allen Poe

    Untitled by Rupi Kaur

    "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Lord Alfred Tennyson


    Poetic Vocabulary:

    Poems are broken into stanzas and lines. Many lines make up one stanza, the same way many sentences make up a paragraph.

    Rhyme scheme- The rhyming pattern a poem follows. (i.e. ABAB)

    Imagery- words that engage with ANY of our senses, but especially words that create a picture in our minds.

    Repetition- to repeat something over and over to add emphasis.


    In addition, we still need to remember the following:



    Word choice (“diction”)




    "Fire & Ice" by Robert Frost

                    (Stanza 1)

    A     Some say the world will end in fire,

     B    Some say in ice.

     A    From what I’ve tasted of desire

     A    I hold with those who favor fire.


                      (Stanza 2)

     B    But if it had to perish twice,

     C    I think I know enough of hate

     B    To say that for destruction ice

     C    Is also great

     B    And would suffice.



    Notes on Edgar Allen Poe

    • Poe was an orphan, along with his older brother and infant sister in 1811
    • The 3 children were separated. Poe was raised by John & Frances Allan
    • Poe attended the University of Virginia
    • He learned Latin and French in addition to poetry
    • In an attempt to support himself, Poe enlisted in the army (West Point)
    • Shortly thereafter, Poe realized that literature was his true “calling” and tried to drop out of West Point
    • John Allan (his foster father) refused to give Poe permission
    • On October 7th, 1849 Poe died at the age of 40. It has been attributed to “acute congestion of the brain” as a result of drug and alcohol overdoses.



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