Articles for Teachers & Students
Language Arts students in conversation with poetic texts.
Learning Image and Description
Opening the luminous door in your writing.
Learning the Poetic Line
How line breaks shape meaning
Walt Whitman 101
A close look at everybody’s radical poet.
William Butler Yeats 101
An introduction to his poetry.
Freedom in Poetry
Freedom is where the artist begins: there are no rules, and the principles and habits are up to you.
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.
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.
Adventures in Anaphora
Students write more creatively when they repeat themselves.
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.