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  • 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 Emily Dickinson
      It was not Death, for I stood up,
      And all the Dead, lie down -
      It was not Night, for all the Bells
      Put out their Tongues , for Noon.

      It was not Frost, for on my Flesh
      I felt Siroccos - crawl -

    • poem
      By Hart Crane

      Above the fresh ruffles of the surf
      Bright striped urchins flay each other with sand.   
      They have contrived a conquest for shell shucks,   
      And their fingers crumble fragments of baked weed   
      Gaily digging and scattering.

      And in answer to their treble interjections   
      The sun beats lightning...

    • poem
      By Gwendolyn Brooks
      We are things of dry hours and the involuntary plan,
      Grayed in, and gray. “Dream” makes a giddy sound, not strong
      Like “rent,” “feeding a wife,” “satisfying a man.”

      But could a dream send up through onion fumes
      Its white and violet, fight with...

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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