Begin in delight, end in wisdom.
How to Read a Poem
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.
Glossary of Poetic TermsBrowse the Poetry Foundation's comprehensive glossary of poetic terms, from abecedarian to zeugma.
Online ResourcesIncludes links to general poetry sites, poet and audiovisual archives, online courses in poetry, and other resources for teachers and students.