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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 George Eliot
      "I grant you ample leave
      To use the hoary formula 'I am'
      Naming the emptiness where thought is not;
      But fill the void with definition, 'I'
      Will be no more a datum than the words
      You link...

    • poem
      By George Herbert
      Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back
                                    Guilty of dust and sin.
      But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack

    • poem
      By Donald Revell
      The bar in the commuter station steams
      like a ruin, its fourth wall open
      to the crowd and the fluttering timetables.
      In the farthest corner, the television
      crackles a torch song and a beaded gown.
      She is 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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