Articles for Teachers & Students

Freedom in Poetry
Freedom is where the artist begins: there are no rules, and the principles and habits are up to you.
By Robert Pinsky

For Students

Maya Angelou 101
A brief guide to her poetry
BY The Editors

Juan Felipe Herrera 101
A look at the poetry and politics of the US poet laureate
BY Benjamin Voigt

Learning Image and Description
Opening the luminous door in your writing.
BY Rachel Richardson

Learning the Poetic Line
How line breaks shape meaning
BY Rebecca Hazelton

Walt Whitman 101
Celebrating everybody’s radical poet.
BY Benjamin Voigt

William Butler Yeats 101
An introduction to his poetry.
BY The Editors

Modern Poetry with Al Filreis
The most popular poetry MOOC is up and running again
BY The Editors

The Art of Poetry with Robert Pinsky
An online course led by the former poet laureate
BY The Editors

Gwendolyn Brooks 101
Classic poems from a Chicago poet
BY Danielle Chapman

Alice Notley 101
A brief guide to her poetry
BY Benjamin Voigt

For Teachers

Learning the Chant Poem

BY Jack Collom

Experience, Experiment
Using Black poetry in creative writing classes.
BY Patricia Spears Jones

Sweeping Hearts
Writing poems inspired by Native American music and poetry.
BY Elizabeth Raby

Talking To, Talking About, Talking With
Language Arts students in conversation with poetic texts.
BY Toby Emert

Common Core State Standards Text Exemplars
Poems to integrate into your English Language Arts classroom.
BY The Editors

Square Toes and Icy Arms
How to simplify as you personify.
BY Catherine Barnett

Writing from the Senses
Disarming gifted and perfectionist students with sound and synesthesia
BY Michelle Y. Burke

A Taste of Poetry
How to demystify and re-mystify poetry for your students.
BY Judy Rowe Michaels

With A Little Help from Dr. Angelou
Resources for teachers for teaching African American poetry.
BY The Editors

Adventures in Anaphora
Students write more creatively when they repeat themselves.
BY Rebecca Hazelton

A Primer

Edward Hirsch

How to Read a Poem (and Fall in Love with Poetry)

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.

By Edward Hirsch

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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