Articles for Teachers & Students

Mark Nathan Stafford
Learning about Figurative Language
How to use simile and metaphor like a boss.
By Rebecca Hazelton

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

Learning the Epistolary Poem
Poems that serve as letters to the world
BY Hannah Brooks-Motl

The Pursuit of Form
Learning to make effective shapes and arrangements of energy, rather than particular required patterns.
BY Robert Pinsky

Learning the Sonnet
A history and how-to guide to the famous form
BY Rachel Richardson

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

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

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

Poems to Send the Person You're Crushing On
When you care enough to send the very best.
BY Becca Klaver

The Start: Writing Your Own Poem
Resisting the urge to interpret contemporary poems and “wrong” dreams.
BY Judy Rowe Michaels

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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