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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 Yusef Komunyakaa
      My black face fades,   
      hiding inside the black granite.   
      I said I wouldn't  
      dammit: No tears.   
      I'm stone. I'm flesh.   
      My clouded reflection eyes me   
      like a bird of prey, the profile of night   
      slanted against morning. I turn   
      this way—the stone lets me go.   
      I turn that way—I'm...

    • poem
      By César Vallejo
       
            Like priestly imprisoned poets,         
      the poplars of blood have fallen asleep.
      On the hills, the flocks of Bethlehem                  
      chew arias of grass at sunset.                  

            The ancient shepherd, who shivers         
      at the last martyrdoms of light,                  
      in his Easter eyes has caught                           
      a purebred flock...

    • 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,
      my...

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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