Articles for Teachers & Students

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

For Students

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
A close look at everybody’s radical poet.
BY Benjamin Voigt

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

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

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

Poems about Teaching and Teachers
Poetry about learning, for teachers and students alike.
BY The Editors

For Teachers

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

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

Caroline Kennedy on Learning Poems by Heart
Poems and teaching resources from Kennedy's new anthology.
BY The Editors

Serious Play: Odes to the Everyday
What first-graders can teach college students.
BY Matthew Burgess

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

Finding Your Poet
Students venture out into the world to discover their own true love, then return to share it.
BY Judy Rowe Michaels

Against Slogging: Engaging Poetry in the Classroom
Ways to make every text, every minute count with struggling readers.
BY Eileen Murphy

Nurturing the Omnivore: Approaches to Teaching Poetry
Explore the many paths to experiencing poetry in the classroom.
BY Eileen Murphy

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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