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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
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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Ballad in A

      By Cathy Park Hong
      A Kansan plays cards, calls Marshall
      a crawdad, that barb lands that rascal a slap;  
      that Kansan jackass scats,
      camps back at caballada ranch.

      Hangs kack, ax, and camp hat.
      Kansan’s nag mad and rants can’t bask,
      can’t bacchanal and garland a lass,
      can’t...

    • 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 Alexander Pope
      Shut, shut the door, good John! fatigu'd, I said,
      Tie up the knocker, say I'm sick, I'm dead.
      The dog-star rages! nay 'tis past a doubt,
      All Bedlam, or Parnassus, is let out:
      Fire in each eye, and papers in...

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.
Poet 101's
Teach with Poetry
    • Discussion Guide

      New Looks at Gwendolyn Brooks.

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine A Street in Lawndale

      By Patricia Smith
      i. the old marrieds

      But why the moon rose so cruelly, neither of them would say.
      Though a listless jazz buzzed obediently beneath their day,
      and he had seen the hand-in-hands dotting the dim streets.
      And she had heard the morning skillet scorch its...

    • Prose from Poetry Magazine

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine How Difficult It Is to Live

      By Mark Levine

      Learning from Philip Levine.

Poem Guides
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