Articles for Teachers & Students
How voice and attitude can change how we understand poetry.
Learning the Poetic Line
How line breaks shape meaning
Learning the Epistolary Poem
Poems that serve as letters to the world
The Pursuit of Form
Learning to make effective shapes and arrangements of energy, rather than particular required patterns.
Learning the Sonnet
A history and how-to guide to the famous form
Freedom in Poetry
Freedom is where the artist begins: there are no rules, and the principles and habits are up to you.
Poems about Teaching and Teachers
Poetry about learning, for teachers and students alike.
Children's poetry and the joys of repetition.
Poems to Send the Person You're Crushing On
When you care enough to send the very best.
The Start: Writing Your Own Poem
Resisting the urge to interpret contemporary poems and “wrong” dreams.
Common Core State Standards Text Exemplars
Poems to integrate into your English Language Arts classroom.
Writing from the Senses
Disarming gifted and perfectionist students with sound and synesthesia
Caroline Kennedy on Learning Poems by Heart
Poems and teaching resources from Kennedy's new anthology.
Serious Play: Odes to the Everyday
What first-graders can teach college students.
A Taste of Poetry
How to demystify and re-mystify poetry for your students.
With A Little Help from Dr. Angelou
Resources for teachers for teaching African American poetry.
Finding Your Poet
Students venture out into the world to discover their own true love, then return to share it.
Against Slogging: Engaging Poetry in the Classroom
Ways to make every text, every minute count with struggling readers.
Nurturing the Omnivore: Approaches to Teaching Poetry
Explore the many paths to experiencing poetry in the classroom.
Curious about poetry, but don’t know where or how to begin? We’ve reprinted the first chapter from the book How to Read a Poem by Edward Hirsch. Its 16 sections provide strategies for reading poems, and each section has plenty of links to examples of poems in our archive to illustrate the points.