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Unit 2 Overview: Introduction to Poetry

2 min readfebruary 11, 2023

Ariella Ramjohn

Ariella Ramjohn


AP English Literature 📚

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Introduction

Welcome to Unit 2 of AP English Literature! In this unit, we will be focusing on poetry as well as analyzing techniques used to manipulate diction. We will explore the differences between prose and poetry in addition to how structure can greatly contribute to interpretations within a text.
Throughout this unit, we will analyze various skills involved in understanding poems by decomposing the elements of literature. These elements range from the characterization of figures, interpretation of meanings, manipulation of diction, and recognition of figurative techniques.
Below are the topics for each lesson with a brief summary of the skills involved. Let's dive in!

2.1 Identifying characters in poetry

Determine and elaborate on specific details from a text in which suggest a character's motives and point of view
In this study guide, we will explore how dramatic situations and imagery play an essential role in helping readers identify characters in a poem.

2.2 Understanding and interpreting meaning in poetry

Explain or describe the function of text structure
Explain or describe the functions of contrasts, in which are located within a text
The primary focus of this study guide will be how a poem's structure, or syntax, helps to develop the author's intentions. Through this craft, readers are able to interpret the overall intended message left by the author as well as conjure possible themes.

2.3 Analyzing word choice to find meaning

Explain or describe the function of diction, or specific phrases and words, in a text
Determine and describe the function of a simile
Determine and describe the function of a metaphor
This study guide will explore the effects of manipulating the grammar, diction, and tone of a poem. Writers will make deliberate decisions when constructing how these elements link the poem together and, thus, formulate a central purpose or meaning.

2.4 Identifying techniques to analyze literary works

Construct a paragraph with a defensible claim and the evidence used to support it
The main focus of this study guide will be about focusing on the literary devices and prosody in a poem help to build on the literary analysis of the poem as a whole.
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🤔Exam Skills
🌱Unit 1 – Intro to Short Fiction
Unit 2 – Intro to Poetry
🎭Unit 3 – Intro to Longer Fiction & Drama
⚔️Unit 4 – Character, Conflict, & Storytelling in Short Fiction
🌈Unit 5 – Structure & Figurative Language in Poetry
🛠️Unit 6 – Literary Techniques in Longer Works
🏛️Unit 7 – Societal & Historical Context in Short Fiction
🤾🏾‍♀️Unit 8 – Advanced Techniques in Poetry
🚣🏾Unit 9 – Nuanced Analysis in Longer Works

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