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Post by GLENN MENSAH on March 10, 2015

makes no sence

Poetry Passages

  • Poetry Sources
    • Poets you’ve read in class, but works you haven’tread.
    • Pre-twentieth century
    • Twentieth century and later
    • A variety of poetic forms
    • Rhyming and non-rhyming
  • Poetry and Prose Questions
    • More questions about literary terminology and poetic devices
    • You might see a question about rhyme scheme or structure, but probably not.
    • More grammar questions (because poetic syntax is harder)
  • How to Read Poetry
    • Read poems like they’re prose. They use the same words; it’s just that those words are arranged strangely and sometimes rhyme.
    • Focus on the main idea of the poem. (Repetition is helpful there.)
    • Watch for what the poet didn’t have to include. (No, “all this poetry stuff” does not count.)
  • EXCEPT/NOT/LEAST Questions
    • EXCEPT/NOT/LEAST questions can be some of the trickier ones on the exam.
      • Example: All of the following aspects of the windhover are emphasized in the poem EXCEPT …
    • To answer these questions, cross out the negative word and eliminate any answers that work for the remaining question.
    • Whatever’s left is your answer.
  • Watch Out for Grammar
    • Poetry questions are more likely to involve grammar simply because poets use much stranger syntax than prose authors do.
    • However, the grammar in these questions is usually still pretty simple—they are disguised comprehension questions.
    • If you understood the sentence, answer based on that understanding. Don’t sweat the grammar.
    • Example:
      “I took my Power in my Hand

      And went against the World
      Twas not so much as David—had—
      But I—was twice as bold—”
    • In this poem, the “it” in “’Twas” refers to … (Power)
  • One Group of Poets to Read
    • The Metaphysicals
      • Archaic language
      • Extended metaphors
      • Prolific
      • Well-suited to standardized testing
      • John Donne, Andre Marvell, George Herbert, etc.

Poetry Passages

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:10
  • Poetry Sources 0:48
    • Poets you've read in class, but works you haven’t read yet
    • Pre-twentieth century
    • 20th century and later
    • A variety of forms
    • Rhyming and non-rhyming
  • Poetry Questions vs. Prose Questions 1:38
    • More about literary terms and poetic devices
    • Maybe rhyme scheme or structure
    • More grammar questions
  • How to read Poetry 2:44
    • Read poems like they're prose
    • Focus on main idea
    • Watch for what poet didn't have to include
  • Except/Not/Least 3:42
    • Can be tricky
    • Cross out the negative word and eliminate
  • Watch Out for Grammar 5:08
    • Poetry questions likely to involve grammar
    • Usually pretty simple
    • Answer based on your understanding
    • Example
  • One Group of Poets to Read 7:42
    • The Metaphysicals