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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 Rae Armantrout
      The very flatnessof portraits
      makes for nostalgia
      in the connoisseur.
      Here’s the latest
      little lip of wave
      to flatten
      and spread thin.
      Let’s say
      it shows our recklessness,
      our fast gun,
      our self-consciousness
      which was really
      our infatuation
      with our own fame,
      our escapes,
      the easy way
      we’d blend in
      with the peasantry,
      our loyalty
      to our old gang

    • poem
      By Agha Shahid Ali

      Where are you now? Who lies beneath your spell tonight?
      Whom else from rapture’s road will you expel tonight?

      Those “Fabrics of Cashmere—” “to make Me beautiful—”
      “Trinket”—to gem—“Me to adorn—How tell”—tonight?

      I beg for haven: Prisons, let open your gates—

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Sunday Morning

      By Wallace Stevens


      Complacencies of the peignoir, and late
      Coffee and oranges in a sunny chair,
      And the green freedom of a cockatoo
      Upon a rug mingle to dissipate
      The holy hush of ancient sacrifice.
      She dreams a...

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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