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Begin in delight, end in wisdom.

  • Resources for parents, including poems and videos for children ages 0-12.

  • Poems and articles about poetry for young adults, ages 13-18.

  • The place to start for university students and older poetry lovers.

  • Articles, teaching materials, and other resources for teachers of all levels.

Core Learning Poems
    • poem
      By Percy Bysshe Shelley
      I met a traveller from an antique land,
      Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
      Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
      Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
      And wrinkled lip, and...

    • poem
      By Lucille Clifton
      won't you celebrate with me
      what i have shaped into
      a kind of life? i had no model.
      born in babylon
      both nonwhite and woman
      what did i see to be except myself?
      i made it up
      here on this bridge between
      starshine and clay,

    • poem
      By William Carlos Williams
      munching a plum on   
      the street a paper bag
      of them in her hand

      They taste good to her
      They taste good   
      to her. They taste
      good to her

      You can see it by
      the way she gives herself
      to the one half
      sucked out in her hand

      a solace...

Poetry Resources

How to Read a Poem

Edward Hirsch

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.

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  • Glossary of Poetic Terms

    Browse the Poetry Foundation's comprehensive glossary of poetic terms, from abecedarian to zeugma.
  • Online Resources

    Includes links to general poetry sites, poet and audiovisual archives, online courses in poetry, and other resources for teachers and students.
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