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Grammar of Poetry for Homeschool Students - Compass Classroom | Homeschool Curriculum

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The Grammar of Poetry teaches the mechanics of poetry by using the classical approach of imitation. It is designed for 6-9th grade level, but is also appropriate for older children and adults seeking to achieve a better knowledge of how poetry works.

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We have included Lessons 1-2 as well as well as a Sample of the Student Text and Teacher's Edition (PDF) with this download.

Format: MP4 Mobile versions (HD available in full series) and PDF Study Guide.


Matt Whitling teaches your child to analyze not only poetry, but words and language in general. Just as an English course would teach a student the different parts of speech, this series teaches a student the building blocks of poetry, thereby enabling students to engage in the language of poetry, literature, and non-literal language.

The Grammar of Poetry is an ideal introductory  course for students and teachers discovering the art of poetry.  As a "grammar," it teaches the fundamentals of poetry from scansion and rhyme to more advanced concepts like spatial poetry and synecdoche.

Using the classical methodology of imitation (advocated by educators like Quintilian and Benjamin Franklin), this series:

  • Makes students become active participants as they learn the craft of writing poems
  • Offers practical tips and helps, including how to use a rhyming dictionary
  • Shows how great writers use figures of speech effectively, and even when to break the rules of poetry

The Grammar of Poetry's goal is to teach students how to  interact not just with poems, but with language in any situation. 

Developed and used at Logos School with great success, the thirty lessons in The Grammar of Poetry contain:

  • ten powerful tropes
  • student activities for every chapter, including riddles to solve
  • a glossary of terms
  • a list of over 150 quality poems
  • real-life examples from Shakespeare

Designed for a semester at the 6-9th grade level, The Grammar of Poetry is perfectly appropriate for anyone with basic writing skills and the desire to learn poetry. 

Matt Whitling is the principal of Logos School (one of the first classical Christian schools), and the author of the best-selling Grammar of Poetry textbook. He and his wife Tora live in Moscow, Idaho and have seven children.

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List of Lessons

Table of Contents:

Lesson 1 – Introduction & Epiphany Chart
Lesson 2 – How to Read Poetry
Module I:
Lesson 3 – Simile (trope)
Lesson 4 – Rhyme
Lesson 5 – Using a Rhyming Dictionary
Module II:
Lesson 6 – Metaphor (trope)
Lesson 7 – Part One Meter
Lesson 8 – Part Two Meter
Module III:
Lesson 9 – Pun (trope)
Lesson 10 – Iamb (foot)
Lesson 11 – Iambic Imitation
Module IV:
Lesson 12 – Personification (trope)
Lesson 13 – Trochee (trope)
Lesson 14 – Trochee Imitation
Module V:
Lesson 15 – Synecdoche (trope)
Lesson 16 – Anapest (foot)
Lesson 17 – Anapest (foot)
Module VI: 
Lesson 18 – Hyperbole (trope)
Lesson 19 – Dactyl (foot)
Lesson 20 – Dactylic Imitation
Module VII:
Lesson 21 – Onomatopoeia (trope)
Lesson 22 – Alliteration
Lesson 23 – Alliteration Imitation
Module VIII:
Lesson 24 – Rhetorical Question (trope)
Lesson 25 – Refrain
Lesson 26 – Refrain Imitation
Module IX:
Lesson 27 – Oxymoron (trope)
Lesson 28 – Spacial Pcoetry
Lesson 29 – Spacial Imitation
Lesson 30 – Euphemism (trope)

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