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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 Stevie Smith
      Nobody heard him, the dead man,   
      But still he lay moaning:
      I was much further out than you thought   
      And not waving but drowning.

      Poor chap, he always loved larking
      And now he’s dead
      It must have been too cold for him his heart gave...

    • poem
      By Sylvia Plath
      I am a miner. The light burns blue.   
      Waxy stalactites
      Drip and thicken, tears

      The earthen womb
      Exudes from its dead boredom.   
      Black bat airs

      Wrap me, raggy shawls,   
      Cold homicides.
      They weld to me like plums.

      Old cave of calcium   
      Icicles, old echoer.
      Even the newts are white,

      Those holy Joes.

    • 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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