Literature in English Lesson Note for Second Term SS2 Scheme of Work







Lesson note on Literature in English for SS2 Second Term


Below are the 2022 Literature in English lesson notes for SS2 Second term


Week 1

Topic: Drama


  • Meaning of drama
  • Types of dram
  • Literary terms in drama

Meaning of drama

Drama is a general name for that genre of literature which concerns itself with the dramatization of experience. It is an exciting, emotional, or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances. It is a representative of human action

A person who writes drama is play wright

Types of drama

  1. Comedy: This refers to a drama as opposed to tragedy, usually provoking a light atmosphere  and which after ends on a happy note
  2. Tragedy: This is often regarded as the opposite of comedy. It is a drama from whose atmosphere is usually serious and tense and ends with an unhappy ending. In most cases it involves death.
  3. Tragi-comedy: It is a play which harbours both elements of tragedy and comedy and often ends on happy note.
  4. Farce: It is a comic drama with no seriousness; it is extremely humorous and often with a very ridiculous characters
  5. Melodrama: It is often referred to as a tragic farce, especially when a tragedy lacks a sense of cunningness. It is a drama that has a simple conflict typically between an all-good hero and all evil villain. To learn more, Click here 

Week 2

Topic: Poetry


  1. Meaning of poetry
  2. Characteristics of poetry

Meaning of poetry

Poetry is a form of writing stimulated by emotion and expressing idea, feelings that may be very difficult to explain in literary form. It is also the spontaneous ever flow of powerful emotions and feelings, However, poetry is an act of writing  and the writers of poem are called poet

A poet is is literally permitted to use language the way it pleases him , this liberty is called poetic licence, this licence enables a poet to create new words , disobey rules of grammar or use archaic diction.

Characteristics of poetry

  • It makes use of stanza, rhymes, scheme and line to express feelings and emotions
  • It tends to have a regular rhythmic pattern
  • It usually makes use of carefully chosen words and figures of speech  (diction and imagery)To learn more, Click here 

Week 3

Topic: Poetry


  1. Types of poetry
  2. Features of poetry

The types of poetry are:

  1. Lyric: This is the short poem in which a poet expresses some intense personal feeling . In medieval times, a lyric  poem was sung to the accompaniment of the Greek musical instrument  called “iyre” Today a lyric is a short, musical or rhythmic poem which expresses a poet’s thoughts and emotion  or any matter that interest him or her
  2. Epic: It is a long narrative poem that celebrates real historical events events, heroic achievements. Epic poem has a very serious philosophical perspective.
  3. Ode: This is a poem of meditation addressed to animate or inanimate object. It is a poem that speaks  to a person or things or celebrates  a special event. An ode is a long lyric poem with a serious subject written in an elevated style
  4. Pastoral poem: It is a poem which describes the simple life of rural people especially a shepherd  around whom are beauty , love, music and value which remain forever green in the mind.
  5. Lullaby: This is a soft sonorous song meant to keep children quite, peaceful and happy. It can also be rendered to make them sleep
  6. balladIt is a song, originally transmitted orally, which tells a story. It is an important form of folk poetry which was adapted for literary uses from the sixteenth century onward. It is a form of narrative poem passed on from generation to generation by words of mouth and meant to be sung and danced to before  a crowd. To learn more, Click here 

Week 4

Topic: Figures of Speech


  • Meaning of figures of speech
  • Category of figures of speech

Meaning of figures of speech

A figure of speech or figurative language is a literary device used to gain a particular effect. It is the use of a word or an expression beyond its ordinary or literal meaning.

There are over two hundred kind of figure of speech but the one mostly used will be discuss. They are simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, paradox, irony.

A figure of speech is used in prose and drama. Whenever an expression or word used to give a special effect and it is known as poetic devices in poetry. Collectively, most of the figures of speech are categorized into six groups. To learn more, Click here 

Week 5

Topic: Figures of speech

Figures of Contrast

This refers to those collection of figures that place two or more things side by side with the purpose of emphasizing their differences but not similarities as in a comparison. Example: Antithesis, oxymoron, irony, paradox etc

  • Antithesis : Antithesis is the figure of speech in which a striking opposition or contracted words or statement are made in the same sentence.


  1. Speech is silver, silence is gold
  2. Man proposes and God disposes
  3. God made the country;man made the town
  • Oxymoron: An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines opposites or contradictory ideas or terms. To learn more, Click here 

Week 6

Topic: Figures of Exaggeration

  • Hyperbole: This is an overstatement, or exaggeration used for emphasis or humor. It is not meant to be taken seriously or literary.


  1. I am so hungry I could eat a horse.
  2. I have a million things to do.
  3. I had to walk 15 miles to school in the snow, uphill.
  4. I had a ton of homework.
  5. If I can’t buy that new game, I will die.
  6. He is as skinny as a toothpick.
  7. This car goes faster than the speed of light.
  8. That new car costs a bazillion dollars. To learn more, Click here 

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