Resources for Poetry Review
Focus on the varying literary elements pursuant to the analysis of poetry and the corresponding poems that highlight those terms. These are essentially the key literary terms you need to be able to identify and cogently discuss in pieces of poetry.
- Review literary terms from first semester, particularly those that apply to poetry.
- Review a variety of tone words you can apply to literature (refer to the Language of Literary Analysis handout).
- Read this chapter from 5 Steps to a 5: "Chapter 5 - The Poetry Essay"
- Review the poetry essay prompts from previous AP exams.
- Review student sample responses for poetry essay questions (yours, a peer, College Board, etc.). College Board students samples: "Eros" Timed Writing (Student Essays --- Scoring Commentary) & "A Barred Owl"/"The History Teacher" Timed Writing
- Read the the following example poetry prompts that ask you to analyze a SINGLE poem on page 2 of the following linked documents: 2009 and 2012
- Read the following example poetry prompts that ask you to analyze TWO poems on page 2 of the following linked documents: 2005 and 2008
- Practice reading poems and completing a 10-minute analysis of them. Ask yourself these questions: 1) What is the poem about?/What is the message the poet wants to convey? 2) How does the poet convey meaning (through literary devices)?
Three broad kinds of poetry FORM
Major TYPES of poetry to review