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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 Robert Frost
      Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
      And sorry I could not travel both
      And be one traveler, long I stood
      And looked down one as far as I could
      To where it bent in the undergrowth;

      Then took the other, as just as fair,
      And...

    • poem
      By Anne Bradstreet
      If ever two were one, then surely we.
      If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.
      If ever wife was happy in a man,
      Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
      I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,
      Or...

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
Articles for Students
    • Article for Teachers
      By Judy Rowe Michaels

      Students venture out into the world to discover their own true love, then return to share it.

    • Photo of post-it notes of assorted colors sticking on a whiteboard.
      Article for Students
      By Michael McGriff

      Starting with images rather than words can help show an experience, instead of telling it.

    • Image of encyclopedia excerpt, depicting several examples of geometric shapes and designs.
      Article for Students
      By Rachel Richardson

      A history and how-to guide to the famous form.