Grammar of Poetry DVD

Matt Whitling

The Grammar of Poetry is a video course and textbook that teaches the mechanics of poetry by using the classical approach of imitation. It is designed for the 6-9th grade level, but is also appropriate for older children and adults seeking to achieve a better knowledge of how poetry works. Its goal is to teach 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, so also the Grammar of Poetry teaches a student the building blocks of poetry, enabling the student to effectively engage in the language of poetry, in literature, and in non-literal language.

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          This is the ideal introductory poetry 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 text makes students become active participants as they learn the craft of writing poems. It also offers practical tips and helps, including how to use a rhyming dictionary, how great writers use figures of speech effectively, and even when to break the rules of poetry. Its goal is to show students how to capably interact not just with poems, but with language in any situation.

         Developed and used at Logos School with great success, the thirty lessons in Grammar of Poetry contain instruction on ten powerful tropes, student activities for every chapter, riddles to solve, a glossary of terms, a list of over 150 quality poems to integrate, and real-life examples from Shakespeare to traditional tongue twisters. It is designed for a semester at the 6-9th grade level, but is perfectly appropriate for anyone with basic writing skills and the desire to learn poetry.

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


    Editor's Preview / Course Preview

    Why Study Poetry? (Douglas Wilson & Matt Whitling)

    Homeschooling with the Grammar of Poetry

    Course Structure

  • TOC

    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)

    Textbook and DVD share the same TOC

  • TEXT & TE
    The student textbook is also the workbook. There are multiple exercises for every lesson which incorporate review from previous sections so that the student continues to build on what he has already learned. The textbook also has perforated pages allowing the student to remove exercise pages for easier writing.
    Click HERE to see a PDF preview of the student Grammar of Poetry text.

    The Teacher's Edition contains a final exam, instructions on using the text and grading poetry, and ideas for additional assignments, as well as answers to the exercises found in the Student Edition.
    Click HERE to see a PDF preview of the Teacher's Edition to the Grammar of Poetry text.
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    Below are some reviews of Grammar of Poetry. If you would like to submit a review, please send it to Would would greatly appreciate your review!

    (Title: Best Poetry Curriculum out There!)
    I have been involved with education for about 16 years and am very familiar with many different grammar school curriculums and I must say that this poetry curriculum is just tremendous! Matt Whittling loves his subject and communicates it well. The poetry choices are excellent and the instruction on how to understand and create it are just as excellent. You will not go wrong with this course.

    - Wendy S,

    "Published by Roman Roads Media, this DVD/book set is going to liberate so many homes and moms who love to listen and memorize poetry with their children but may, like me, have a hard time expressing and understanding the mechanics of the poems." -Heidi Shaw, Homeschool Horizons READ FULL REVIEW HERE

    (Title: Great Product)
    After struggling with teaching poetry to my middle school and high school aged children using literature textbooks, we purchased the Grammar of Poetry workbook, teacher's edition, and this DVD set. The DVD course is more thorough than using the workbook alone - it explains some of the not-so-obvious nuances about identifying poetic meter & rhyme. The on-screen guided practice systematically explains the scansion process. The teacher speaks directly to the viewer in a natural, conversational manner, while he makes notations on a smartboard. The lessons contain enough review so we won't forget the differences between iambic, trochaic, dactylic, or anapestic patterns, as well as monometer, dimeter, trimeter, tetrameter, pentameter, hexameter, heptameter, and octameter. The course does not cover analysis of symbolism and the meaning of the poems; it analyzes the meter and the tropes used. Students are required to write poetry following each pattern and the teacher's comments about on-screen student samples helps me understand how strict to be with my children when they complete the poetry writing assignments. A riddle at the end of every lesson is a fun element. Some of the poetry selections are particularly attractive to boys - "Charge of the Light Bridgade" is one. This is an excellent tool for any parent to purchase in order to help his/her children understand marking the meter and rhythm of poetry for a class or just for their own knowledge.

    - Rainy,

    We started school last week & LOVE the Grammar of Poetry DVD!!!! We made Saturday a special poetry workshop day complete with yummy snacks we devoured as we watched the lessons & did the workbook exercises - FUN! I've learned lots already!
    - Larraine M, Facebook Page

    From Educators:
    I think it's important for Christian students to be well spoken, and I don't think that's possible without an acquaintance with how poetry works.
    - Douglas Wilson on Grammar of Poetry

    The Grammar of Poetry is designed to put the fundamentals in place regardless of what age you are. Part of preparing our children for the world around them is equipping them to communicate with people on a non-literal level, to understand what has been written (the great conversation throughout time), and to interact with culture today.
    - Matt Whitling, author of Grammar of Poetry and Principal at Logos School

    Grammar of Poetry is a masterpiece of enjoyable reading and enriching information.
    - Andrew Pudewa, Director, Institute for Excellence in Writing