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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 Agha Shahid Ali
          Pale hands I loved beside the Shalimar
                               —Laurence Hope

      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—”

    • poem
      By Gary Snyder
      Siwashing it out once in Siuslaw Forest

      I slept under   rhododendron   
      All night   blossoms fell
      Shivering on   a sheet of cardboard   
      Feet stuck   in my pack
      Hands deep   in my pockets   
      Barely   able   to   sleep.
      I remembered   when we were in school   
      Sleeping together   in a big warm bed
      We were   the youngest lovers
      When we broke up   we were still nineteen.   

    • poem
      By Elizabeth Bishop
      From narrow provinces   
      of fish and bread and tea,   
      home of the long tides
      where the bay leaves the sea   
      twice a day and takes
      the herrings long rides,

      where if the river
      enters or retreats
      in a wall of brown foam   
      depends on if it meets   
      the bay coming...

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.

    • Article for Students
      By Rachel Richardson

      Working with non-traditional students, and finding poetry in prison.

    • Article for Students
      By Robert Pinsky

      Learning to make effective shapes and arrangements of energy, rather than particular required patterns.