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

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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 Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea
      Disarmed with so genteel an air,
         The contest I give o’er;
      Yet, Alexander, have a care,
         And shock the sex no more .
      We rule the world our life’s whole race,
         Men but assume that right;
      First slaves to...

    • poem
      By W. S. Merwin
      I gave you sorrow to hang on your wall
      Like a calendar in one color.
      I wear a torn place on my sleeve.
      It isn’t as simple as that.

      Between no place of mine and no place of yours
      You’d have thought I’d know the...

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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