Vocabulary for Teaching Epic Poetry and World Poets #Poetry #Poets #EnglishEd

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When I was teaching sophomore English, the curriculum emphasized world literature rather than American literature. I tried to focus our study of poetry on world poets, with a whole section devoted to the epic poem.

Today I’m sharing with you, my fellow educators, the vocabulary words I covered during my quarter on epic poetry and world poets:

  • Allude
  • Literal Interpretation
  • Figurative Interpretation
  • Motif
  • Mood
  • Plot
  • Narrative Poetry
  • Epic Poetry
  • Point of View
  • Satire
  • Symbolism
  • Style
  • Metaphor
  • Simile
  • Alliteration
  • Cultural Identity
  • Historical Significance
  • Overtones
  • Saga
  • Trickster
  • Legend

Hopefully you’ll find this list helpful for your own classroom study of world poets.


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