Articles for Teachers & Students
Using Black poetry in creative writing classes.
Juan Felipe Herrera 101
A look at the poetry and politics of the US poet laureate
Learning Image and Description
Opening the luminous door in your writing.
Learning the Poetic Line
How line breaks shape meaning
Walt Whitman 101
Celebrating everybody’s radical poet.
William Butler Yeats 101
An introduction to his poetry.
Modern Poetry with Al Filreis
The most popular poetry MOOC is up and running again
The Art of Poetry with Robert Pinsky
An online course led by the former poet laureate
Gwendolyn Brooks 101
Classic poems from a Chicago poet.
Alice Notley 101
A brief guide to her poetry.
Poems about Teaching and Teachers
Poetry about learning, for teachers and students alike.
Writing poems inspired by Native American music and poetry.
Square Toes and Icy Arms
How to simplify as you personify.
Talking To, Talking About, Talking With
Language Arts students in conversation with poetic texts.
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
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.
Adventures in Anaphora
Students write more creatively when they repeat themselves.
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.