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Poetry

Included below are poetry collections, specific poets and their work and writing techniques for forms of poetry from nonsense verse to Haiku, ballads to cinquains, limericks to free verse.

This page covers topics for the Poetry component of English. It provide access to information about Poets, poetry and poetry writing.

A number of Poetry competitions are detailed on the Student Competitions page, primarily in the Writing section of the Language Competitions.

Poems & Poets

Poetry

Australian Poetry

  • 10 Australian Poets You Should Know
    ‘Famous for bush poetry predominantly, some of the most well known poets are iconic for their radicalism, poetic form, and style. Discover the top ten best Australian poets that you must know before travelling to a city as art-inspired and culture-heavy as Melbourne’.
  • Updated ! 21 Best-loved Poems, Ballads and Songs
    ‘This book was created to familiarise Australian students with our best-known works of literature and song lyrics. Having children study these works will help our unique culture and history to live on into future generations’.
  • New !60 Classic Australian Poems for Children
    ‘The 60 poems in this collection appear in their original, or near original, form and are wide-ranging in their subject matter: animals, the countryside, the struggle of bush life, early transport, sport, growing old, being young and having fun with words! But whether they are humorous, serious or playful, they are simply a joy to read’.
  • New !ABPA - The Australian Bush Poets Association
    Award-Winning Poetry. Yes, people are still writing Australian Bush Poetry. ‘This section contains the first-prize-winning poems, collated from ABPA and other bush poetry written competitions throughout Australia from 2008 to 2022 inclusive’.
  • New !An Australian Christmas poem [author unknown]
    Night Before Christmas in Aussie land. A truly Australian version of “The Night before Christmas”
  • An Australian Poem A Day
    ‘A celebration of poetry for a previous National Year of Reading’. Modern and classical poets.
  • A Pod of Poets
    ‘A series of eleven, 40-minute podcasts of Australian poetry, read by the authors. The poets come from all over Australia; some are emerging talents and some are established; several of them are on the school syllabus’. Audio, transcripts, more. Australian ABC.
  • New !Australian Bush Poetry
    A small collection of Australian Bush poems based on the format listed at the top of the page.
  • Updated !Australian Bush Poetry, Verse & Music
    ‘If we look back through history, the bush poetry that has survived, and there has been plenty of it, reflects quite accurately the times in which those people lived. There are stories of droving treks, exploits of endurance, great feats of horsemanship, the pain of separation, in fact you could find a poem on almost any topic you would care to name’. Has sections on Bush Poets [old and new] and Poetry Writing Tips. One example of what is offered is the poem New !Drought by Will Ogilvie [1869-1963].
  • Australian Children’s Poetry
    ‘Showcasing poetry by Australian Children’s Poets - A to Z’.
  • Australian Literature : Poetry [National Library of Australia]
    Advice on finding material in their collection. Covers both poets and poetry. It also has links to other sources including libraries, journals, many with full texts available.
  • New !Australian Poetry PowerPoint Features and Examples
    Twinkl. ‘Download this poetry PowerPoint to find some lovely examples of Australian poetry and lots of information cards to help you teach features of poetry. This handy Australian poetry resource pack is perfect to support teaching narrative poetry to your students. It includes background information about a variety of poetic features that are commonly found in epic poems. This includes stanzas, similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration, hyperbole, verse poetry and oxymoron’.
  • Updated !Australian Poetry Slam
    ‘Australian Poetry Slam is a live literary performance program where the audience chooses the champion. APS is run by Word Travels, a Sydney-based literary arts organisation. With 60 slams across the nation, the best writers perform for the chance to win the Australian Poetry Slam National Final at Sydney Opera House’.
  • New !Banjo Paterson Poems Resource Pack Twinkl.
    ‘Let your children enjoy the beautiful poetry of Banjo Paterson with this resource pack of Australian bush poems for kids. Simply press “download now”, and you’ll have access to three PowerPoint presentations of three of Banjo Paterson’s most famous poems : Clancy of the Overflow, The Man from Snowy River and The Man from Ironbark. In each PowerPoint, you’ll find the poems written out in full, against beautifully-illustrated backdrops. This format is a great way to break longer poetry down into more manageable chunks for younger children’.
  • Henry Lawson
    ‘Australian writer and poet’. Full text plus audio for each poem listed.
  • List of Australian Poets
    ‘The poets listed below were either citizens or residents of Australia, or published the bulk of their poetry whilst living here’. Links to further information. Wikipedia.
  • Modern Australian Poetry [Trove]
    ‘Archived from Australia.gov.au. Includes introductions and links for poets and their works from the 1930s to 2008 and onwards’.
  • Poetry and songs, 1786-1900
    ‘These poems and songs are either written in Australia, by Australians, or regarding Australia. The list includes two works which were created with no direct relationship to Australia, but which have been included as they are an iconic part of Australia’s military traditions : “The Ode of Remembrance” [1914] and “In Flanders’ Fields” [1916]’. A second page Updated !Poetry and songs 1901-1954 carries this into the 20th century.
  • Red Room Poetry
    Poets, New Australian poetry, contemporary Australian writers & poetry education. ‘Reflecting the diversity of Australian voices, RR commissions and publishes poetry of all styles and stages [page/performance/spoken word/experimental/digital/musical/visual]’. Significant listing provided in alphabetical groupings.
  • The Poet Les Murray
    Bibliography, poems, teaching resources, links, more.
  • New !Wallis & Matilda - Banjo Paterson Poems
    ‘Below is an alphabetical list of all of Banjo Paterson poems put to music and recorded by Wallis and Matilda, and music clips of their songs. Each poem listed is a link to the full text of the poem. Click the Play music clip links below to hear a short music sampler of the song’.
  • World War One Poetry
    ABC Radio National. A selection of poems from World War 1 read by well-known Australians such as Sir Peter Cosgrove, Quentin Bryce, Wesley Enoch, Les Murray and others.

Children’s Poetry

For specifically Australian children’s poetry and poems, see the section above.

  • 12 Best Poetry Websites for Kids
    Interactives and Collections. ‘Use these free websites to help children and teens learn, practice, listen to and enjoy poetry. These resources are helpful for parents, teachers, and kids alike. Many of them have forms, tips, and scaffolding. A few even give your kids the opportunity to submit their finished works of poetic art for online publication. As an added bonus, many of the sites also have lesson plans for teachers’.
  • New !60 Poems for Kids - Rhyming Poems for Kids
    ‘Children might not be interested in the mechanics and techniques involved in poetry writing. However, there is an effective way to get them interested in poetry. The key is to read them plenty of poetry written with children in mind. Many children’s poems feature things that interest children, things they can relate to, like missing the school bus or cafeteria lunches. Funny poems are the best for getting kids motivated to write their own material’.
  • 86 Most Popular Teen Poems - Intense Poems About Life By Teens
    ‘Poetry about teen life really requires a website all its own. Being a teenager is a complicated business and Teen Poets write some of the most intense poems. The teenage years are a time when we experience some of life’s most difficult issues for the first time’.
  • New !Best Poems for Kids of All Time [100 Best Poems]
    Besides the main 100 listing, check the Navigation list for other collections of poems.
  • New !Children [Poetry Foundation]
    Articles about children’s poetry from a wide range of authors.
  • Children’s Poems - Poems For Children
    100+ poets. ‘Poems about children. Read the best children’s poems. Browse through all children’s poems’.
  • Children’s Poetry
    ‘A free, online poetry resource providing famous poetry for children by the World’s most popular Poets. Whether your search is for Classic Childrens Poetry or Modern poetry for children you will find the poetry for children of your choice on this Children’s Poetry section’.
  • Cool Links for Kids
    ‘I have listed below a pile of fun websites for kids like us that I find interesting and fun. The first stuff is an alphabetical listing of interesting web pages of poets and authors I enjoy’.
  • FizzyFunnyFuzzy : Fun Poetry For Kids
    ‘Find out if elephants are real, what lurks within your school bag and why some pirates shouldn’t set sail !’
  • Forms of Poetry for Children
    25 different formats with explanations and many examples across the various types.
  • Updated !Planet Poetry
    ‘Welcome to planetpoetry® for quality, modern children’s poetry. I hope my poems challenge you and make you laugh and cry and think ! Daniel’s poems have featured on the BBC’s CBeebie and in many anthologies’.
  • Poems For Children by Famous Poets
    ‘There are many famous poems for children. Poets like A. A. Milne and William Blake wrote many poems for children that can inspire them to find their voice and representation through poetry, even from an early age’. Specific examples are provided and also an extensive listing of poets whose work is considered worthwhile.
  • New !Poems for Kids
    ‘Nursery rhymes, funny poems, rhyming poems, baby poems, limericks and more. Settle back and enjoy our children’s poems and rhymes that every child will love’.
  • Poems for Kids - Pitara Kids’ Network
    ‘Our large assortment of poems for kids include evergreen classics as well as new poems on a variety of themes. You will find original juvenile poetry about trees, animals, parties, school, friendship and many more subjects. We have short poems, long poems, funny poems, inspirational poems, poems about environment, poems you can recite’.
  • New !Poems For Kids To Recite
    Rainy Day Poems. ‘Below you will find our monthly pick of a favourite poem to recite along with poems that children of different age groups can memorise to recite. The monthly pick will be new each month while the poems grouped by age will continually be added to, for a broader selection of choice’.
  • Poems Kids Like
    ‘The following is a selection of poems kids love. For more, sign up to receive our free email series Teach This Poem, which features one poem a week from our online poetry collection, accompanied by interdisciplinary resources and activities’.
  • Updated !Poetry4Kids
    ‘The funny poetry playground of children’s author Kenn Nesbitt. Here you will find lots of funny poems for kids, classic children’s poems, games, poetry lessons and activities, plus a rhyming dictionary, videos, author visit information and lots more’.
  • Poetry for Kids
    ‘Here are some different types of poems to try in your classroom or at home for fun’. Title, descriptor, examples and links to further resources for that specific format.
  • New !Short Poems for Children [discoverpoetry.com
    ‘10 of the Best Short, Rhyming Poems to Teach Your Kids’.
  • Teen Ink - Poems written by Teens
    ‘Teen Ink offers some of the most thoughtful and creative work generated by teens today. We have no staff writers or artists; we depend completely on submissions from teenagers around the world for our content’.
  • New !The best Poems for Kids - Pan Macmillan
    ‘Poetry for children can make kids laugh, think about the world around them and inspire their own creativity. Here’s our selection of some of the best poems for children’.
  • Updated !The Children’s Poetry Archive
    ‘A place where everyone can listen to poetry. When poets read aloud, they breathe life into the poems. Sections for Themes, a Glossary and poems for specific age groups. Also search by poet, poem name or lyric’. The Teaching Space is well worth visiting.
  • The funEverse
    ‘A free resource for schools and children where poets, illustrators and kids come together to exercise their creative funny bones and write funny verse’.
  • The Poetry Zone
    ‘Poems by children and also teaching resources for schools. Competitions, Poets Talk, Video Zone, more’.
  • Updated !Web Links – Poetry Websites [Poetry4kids]
    ‘These are links to websites devoted to children’s poetry’. Imagine going to Fizzy, Funny, Fuzzy or Wits, Whims, and Wicked Kids.
  • Wits, Whims, and Wicked Kids, Poetry for Children
    A diverse collection of poems covering a wide range of topics and forms.

Classical Poetry

  • New !What Is Classical Poetry ?
    What exactly is this type of writing ? There’s been a vast array of poems written throughout history, and poets across the world consistently release new works that add to our global library of poetry. Because poetry has been present throughout so many eras of human history, it can be difficult to know where the cutoff mark is in the time frame that defines whether something is classical or modern. To answer these and related questions, we’re taking a look at classical poetry, its characteristics and several examples of classical poems throughout history’.
  • New !10 Classic Children’s Poems Everyone Should Read
    ‘We’ve tried to select ten of the very finest classic poems for children for this post. For classic nursery rhymes, check out our New !pick of the best children’s nursery rhymes in a separate post’.
  • New !10 Greatest Poems Ever Written
    Society of Classical Poets. ‘From least greatest [10] to greatest greatest [1], the poems in this list are limited to ones originally written in the English language and which are under 50 lines. Each poem is followed by some brief analysis. Many good poems and poets had to be left off of this list’.
  • 14 Classic Poems Everyone Should Know
    ‘There are some essential classic poems everyone should know. These poems form the tradition of the English language, linger in the memory and shape our thoughts. You may recognise some of these lines, but knowing the author and the date will improve your claim to cultural literacy’.
  • 31 of the Best and Most Famous Short Classic Poems Of All Time
    ‘Here is some of the best classical poetry for you to enjoy’.
  • 50 Classic Poems Read By 12 Celebrities : Morgan Freeman, Jodie Foster, Gary Sinise ! more
    List provided on the home page with poem, reader and time for each. [Approx 1.5 hours.]
  • Bartleby Verse
    ‘With tens of thousands of poems by thousands of authors, Bartleby.com offers one of the largest and oldest free full-text collections of verse on the web’.
  • Updated !Classical Poems
    Extensive listing with some unusual inclusions. Links to other poetry groupings and poet listings.
  • New !Classic Poems – Kenn Nesbitt’s Poetry4kids.com
    ‘Read and Rate these Classic Children’s Poems. Here are the most recently added classic children’s poems for you to read and rate. I post more classic poems regularly, so please check back often. Have fun !’ Multiple collections are provided.
  • New !Classic Poems [Poets Graves]
    Extensive listing of poems from a wide range of poets. Listed in two groups - A-H and J-Z. Check the menu on the left for further links to poetry information.
  • New !Classic Poems Resource Pack
    Twinkl. ‘This great classic poem resource pack is excellent to use for performance poetry or drama lessons, as well as during handwriting practice to add some differentiation into your lessons. After learning about classic poems, why not encourage children to write their own with this Write and Perform a Poem ?’
  • Luminarium
    Includes sections on Metaphysical and Cavalier poets as well as Medieval Literature, Renaissance Literature, 17th Century Literature and Restoration and 18th Century.
  • Old Possum’s Book of Cats [TS Eliot]
    ‘Eliot playfully weaves his way through 13 vignettes about cats, starting with some observations on the importance of cats’ names, before diving into the lives of individual felines. Cat burglars, magicians, thieves, and troublemakers populate the colourful cast of this wonderful book’.
  • The Best Poems Ever
    ‘Picking the greatest poems ever written is a very subjective task and a matter of personal taste and fancy [so if you disagree with my choices, please feel free to compile your own]. Perhaps the most interesting thing about my personal canon is that many of the poems are fairly recent’. There is also access from the home page to other ‘best of’ groupings such as The Best Short Poems of All Time. Many are quite different.
  • The Canterbury Tales
    A modern English version of these. For those wanting to read them in both Middle and Modern English try New !Harvard’s Geoffrey Chaucer Website.

Love Poems

  • 10 Best Love Poems Ever ! [Writer’s Digest]
    ‘My top 10 list of the best love poems ever. I’ve tried to find a version of each poem online. Just click the links’.
  • New !10 Greatest Love Poems Ever Written [Society of Classical Poets]
    ‘The poems I have chosen this time cover the full spectrum of responses to love, from joy to anguish and sometimes a mixture of both’. There are also links to other small collections of similar poems.
  • Updated !58 Absolutely Beautiful Love Poems To Read Right Now
    ‘These love poems I’ve collected vary widely. Some are classic love poems. Some rhyme. Others don’t. Most are romantic. A few are sad or angry. All of them are beautiful. All of them are about love. Since the days of epic poetry, poets have used sonnets, free verse, villanelles, slam poetry, short poems and even instagram poetry to describe love’.
  • 100 Most Popular Love Poems
    ‘Poems about Love speak about the passion, desire and vulnerability of being in love’.
  • Best Love Poems
    Links to a vast number of poems covering love.
  • Love Poems [Academy of American Poets]
    ‘Popular love poems, from classic to contemporary, to share for weddings and anniversaries, on Valentine’s Day, and year-round. These poems are perfect to express romantic love, a lovely friendship, or a love that’s complicated’.
  • New !Love Poems and Poetry
    ‘Here you will find love poems and poetry of all sorts and types’. Use the menu on the left to select specific poems and poets.
  • Love Poems and Quotes
    ‘The most romantic love poems on the web’. Also poems, quotes for friendship and inspiration.
  • Love Poems [Poetry Foundation]
    ‘Classic and contemporary love poems to share’. Sections include Classic Love, Teen Love, Romantic Love, Funny Love, Sad Love, Friendship and more.
  • New !Love Poems - Rhyming and Free Verse Love Poetry
    ‘Free love poems and verses for romantic love messages and notes. Short, long, sad, teen, relationship love poetry, more. Find the words of love you’re looking for right here’. Check the menu on the left for related collections of poetry linked to specific groups and times.
  • Love Poetry
    ‘A free, online love poetry resource providing the famous love poems from the World’s most popular Poets’.
  • The 20 Best Romantic Love Poems of All Time
    ‘These love poems will make you sound like the hopeless romantic you’d like to be’.

Other Sources

  • Updated !A Poetry Lover’s Guide to the Web
    ‘We look for poetry which expresses genuine feeling : love, tenderness, despair, wistfulness, rage … The guide consists of 100 poems and 65 links to other poetry collections and guides’.
  • All Poetry - The world’s largest poetry site
    ‘The web’s largest poetry writing group - from beginners to experts. Improve your poetry, create a fan base and read the best poetry of our generation. Allpoetry is home base for poets’.
  • Christmas Poems
    For links to a selection of Christmas poems, visit this page on our web site.
  • Updated !Every Poet
    Classic poems, poetry search engine, haiku generator, Poetic Table of the Elements, Poetry forums, Poetry Reading Recommendations, Poetry Archive [individual poets] and more.
  • Famous Poets and Poems
    ‘This site is dedicated to poetry and to the people who make poetry possible : poets and their readers. Free poetry site. Find a large collection of poems and quotes from over 631 poets’.
  • My Poetic Side
    ‘Register to : Post your poetry; Create an ebook with your poems for free; Write down the books you read; Save your favourite poems, authors and posts; Leave your comments; and Make friends’. In addition, there is a vast range of poetry plus further information,
  • Poemhunter
    Poems, Poets, Quotations, Poetry E-books, Manage your Poems, Poem of the Day, Top 500 Poems, Top 500 Poets, Forum, more. Huge collection.
  • Poem of The Week
    ‘The Mission of the Poem of the Week is to increase the appreciation of the variety of poetry in the English language and to provide a resource for educators at large’. Not added to for a some time.
  • New !Poem of the Week [ABR]
    ‘Each week a different poet will introduce and read his or her poem. We are delighted to be making a lasting record of these poets’ voices. We hope that you enjoy hearing these poems, freely available on our website’. You should also check their New !Poem page, where they have new poems on a regular basis.
  • Poetry 101 : Resources for Beginners
    Academy of American Poets. ‘How to read a poem; recommendations; glossary; reading guides; Poetry forms and techniques’, more.
  • Poetry 180
    American Library of Congress. ‘Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. I have selected the poems you will find here with high school students in mind’. You can also access a comprehensive guide to locating poetry resources available on the Library of Congress Web site.
  • Poetry Articles
    Really a collection of collections. Links to collections and in some cases individual poems.

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  • Poetry Daily
    Written by practising poets. Today’s Poem, News, Features, Archives.
  • Poetry Foundation
    ‘The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience’. There are sections included for Educators, Listening, Online Resources and Poets from many periods.
  • Poetry In Translation
    ‘Presents modern high-quality translations of classic texts by famous poets as well as original poetry and critical works’. All texts are downloadable in PDF, EPUB, Mobi, WORD, and HTML formats.
  • Poetry.org
    A Resource site for poetry and poets. ‘Here you can learn about the history, meaning, and types of poetry, as well as terms often used when reading and studying poetry. There is also the resource page : a series of links to various poetry sites for daily poetry, poetry organisations, poet biographies and more. And there is our selection of poetry from various famous poets’.
  • Poetry Out Loud
    By clicking on Find Poems in the menu you can access Poems, Poets, Collections, Poetic Forms & Terms and Random Poems. While there is a national Poetry competition [only in the United States], it is an interesting concept someone might like to consider in Australia. This Poetry Out Loud - National Endowment for the Arts page gives a detailed description of what is involved. There is also a range of resource material for teachers.
  • Updated !Poets’ Corner
    ‘The Collection contains approximately 7 459 Works by 800 Poets’ [at time of update].
  • Updated !Poets.org - Poet Biographies
    ‘Search more than 3 000 biographies of contemporary and classic poets’. Try their Updated !Poem-A-Day - ‘the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 250 new, previously unpublished poems by today’s talented poets each year’.
  • Representative Poetry Online
    Poems - All Poems, Advanced Search, Random Poem; Poets - Poets, Advanced Search, Random Poet, Poet Honours; Poetry - Timeline, Criticism, Glossary, Bibliography; On this Day … ’ and more.
  • Updated !Robert Frost - Biography and Poetry
  • Shadow Poetry
    ‘A place for writers to walk out of the shadows. A Poet’s writing resource’.
  • Shmoop - Poetry Study Guides
    Select from among hose listed on 40 pages. Use the Navigation menu at the bottom to access specific aspects within the guide.
  • Updated !The Hypertexts
    ‘An on-line poetry journal with a simple goal : to showcase the best poetry, literary prose and art available to us. We simply publish the best poetry we can find’. The Site Guide on the home page will assist you to achieve this.
  • The Poem Tree
    ‘This site is an online poetry anthology, with an emphasis on metered poetry, both traditional and modern. Some excellent free verse is also included’. Note that : This site isn’t being expanded at this time.
  • Updated !The Poetry Archive
    Connecting with the voice of poets. We have a fundamental belief that poetry should be accessible to everyone. The website currently features over 2 000 poems you can listen to without charge, with examples of the best of every kind of English-language poetry. New recordings are added all the time. Hearing a poet reading his or her work remains uniquely illuminating’. The Children’s Poetry Archive listed in the Children’s Poetry section above is part of this site.
  • Top 10 Resources on Poetry
    Reading Rockets. ‘Explore how to introduce poetry to young readers, the value of nursery rhymes in learning about language, writing poetry in the classroom, great poetry books for sharing, and interviews with beloved children’s poets. Visit our National Poetry Month section for further resources ’.
  • Types of Poetry
    ‘All of the different types of poetry and literary terms can be found on this site together with many examples of the different styles and kinds of poetry. Additional examples of famous, different poems and poetry can be found by clicking the links’ beneath the main heading.
  • Walt Whitman : A Resource Guide
    ‘This guide compiles the many Whitman resources spread throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites on Walt Whitman and a selected bibliography of publications about Whitman and his writings’.
  • What is Haiku ?
    ‘Haiku is an ancient form of Japanese poetry often containing [in English] a total of 17 syllables shared between three lines that are arranged in a pattern of 5-7-5’. A second site can be found at Haiku [Academy of American Poets].

Winter Poems

  • Updated !10 Great Winter Poems Everyone Should Read
    Interesting Literature. ‘Here are ten of the best winter poems, from Thomas Hardy’s New Year meditation to Christina Rossetti’s classic Christmas carol’.
  • New !30+ Warming Winter Poems
    ‘Classic Poems, Winter Haikus, Playful and Festive Winter Poems, More Winter Poems to Warm Your Heart and Quotes About Winter’. Also has a link to Poems about Adventure.
  • 41 Classic and New Poems to Keep You Warm in Winter]
    ‘A collection of classic and new poems for the season’. Grouped in time periods. links to other poetry collections.
  • Funny Winter Poems - Funny Poems for Life
    ‘Humorous and funny Winter poems and/or funny poems about Winter. Read, share, and enjoy these hilarious Winter funny poems ! Also, try our sister website’s powerful search engine for poems or see our other Winter Poems - Poetry Soup’.
  • Twelve Beautiful Winter Poems [Pan Macmillan]
    ‘A selection of classic and contemporary poems about winter from Robert Frost, Gillian Clarke, Edgar Allen Poe and more to enjoy during the coldest season’.
  • New !What’s With Poetry ? [Chapter 1]
    ABC. ‘It is easy to dismiss poetry as too difficult, but really all you have to do with poetry is read it and then think about how it makes you feel. Yes, there are rules to poetry, but there are rules to most things we enjoy. Watch this video as Matt from the Sydney Story Factory explains how writing poetry is just another way to tell a story’. Three other video chapters also available.
  • Winter Poems
    ‘A Collection of Winter Poems and Poetry from the most famous Poets and Authors’. Access other collections from the menu on the left e.g. Poem of the Month, Thematic Poems, … .
  • New !Winter Poems [Australian Children’s Poetry Website
    Poem of the Day - includes Poem, Poet and statement from the poet about what thoughts helped create the poem.
  • New !Winter Poems [discoverpoetry.com]
    Four sections list a wide range poems about winter. The complete poem for each is then listed below in the order listed. You can even take a “Memorize Test”for each poem.
  • New !Winter Poems for Kids and Students of All Reading Levels
    We Are Teachers. ‘We’ve put together this beautiful collection of winter poems to share with kids of all ages. We hope you and your students enjoy them. Includes - Winter Poems for Elementary [Primary] Kids and Winter Poems for Middle & High School Students’.
  • Winter Poems of Famous Poets
    ‘Some poets are admiring the peace and glory of snowfields while others are expressing their expectation’ of what is still to come.
  • Winter Poems - Poems For Winter
    ‘Winter poems from famous poets and the best, beautiful poems to feel good. Best winter poems ever written. Read all poems about winter’.
  • Winter Poems [Poetry Foundation]
    Done in sections including Winter Love, Snowy Wonder, The Blizzard of the Self, Winter is coming, … and more.

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Poetry Writing

  • 7 Poetry Activities Students Love
    ‘Getting secondary students to read and write poetry [and enjoy it] can be difficult. So, I’ve gathered some tools that engage students in meaningful [but fun !] writing and discussion. Keep reading as I reveal the poetry activities my students love the most’.
  • 8 Poetry Websites for Kids
    Resources for Teaching Young Poets. ‘Use them to help kids learn how to write poems, the difference between poetry styles and more’.
  • Updated !10 Easy Hacks on How to Write a Poem You Can Be Proud Of
    ‘Want to know how to go about writing a poem? It requires vivid imagination, along with a good grip on the language, sincerity of emotions, and proper presentation skills’.
  • 10 Top Resources on Poetry
    Reading Rockets. ‘From activating prior knowledge to exploring language to capturing character, discover ten ways to integrate poetry into your language, reading, and writing lessons’.
  • Different Poetry Terms
    ‘We have created a list of different poetry terms, with their definitions. Just click on the poetry term for which you would like to see the definition’.
  • Don J’s Bestbook Poetry Guide Articles
    21 chapters, broken into multiple sections each. Suited to older students.
  • General Poetry Resources, Lesson Plans and more
    @Web English Teacher. ‘This page features lesson plans and activities for teaching specific types of poetry or poetry in genera’.
  • How to Write a Poem : 8 Fundamentals for Writing Poetry
    ‘Despite the challenge, writing poetry is a very fulfilling creative experience, and we have exactly what you’re looking for to learn how to master this art form’. Scroll down to the Table of Contents to make use of each section.
  • How to Write Poetry
    Creative Writing Lessons. ‘Would you like step-by-step advice on how to get poetry ideas and turn them into poems ? You’re in the right place’. Check the Table of Contents for full details of all the help available, both general and specific.
  • Updated !How to Write Poetry : A complete guide for students and teachers
    ‘With over fifty acknowledged styles of poetry there is plenty on offer to students of all ages and ability. We are going to look at eight different styles of poetry and strategies for teaching it in the classroom. These styles of poetry are most commonly taught in elementary/primary classrooms’.
  • Library of Congress Poetry Resources
    ‘The Teachers’ Page is a resource designed to help teachers and other educators incorporate primary source materials, including those in American Memory and the Library’s other digital collections, into the classroom. The Teachers’ Page includes lesson plans, primary source sets, and other resources related to poetry’. USA.
  • Materials for Teachers
    ‘Here you’ll find poetry lesson plans, poems for kids and for teens, essays about teaching, a calendar of teaching resources for the school year, a glossary of poetry terms and more. And our lesson plans, most of which are aligned with the Common Core, have been reviewed by our Educator in Residence with an eye toward developing skills of perception and imagination’.

Media

  • New !12 Poetic Forms You Should Try
    ‘If you’re interested in writing poetry, you might also be interested in trying these 12 unique poetic forms. There are endless poetic forms you can try with new ones always being invented. Writing form poetry can both be a valuable exercise or give a new and interesting angle to a poetic idea. In this video, we’ll talk about 12 different poetic forms of all different poetic families that you can try in your own work’. [14.5min.]
  • New !How to Write Acrostic Poems
    ‘This video defines this type of poetry and describes the process of writing acrostic poems with examples. Have fun trying to write an acrostic poem !’ [2.5min.]
  • New !How To Write A Haiku Poem [Step-By-Step Tutorial]
    ‘In addition to telling you how to write a Haiku, I make up a poem that fits the Haiku template and write it out for you in the video ! A Haiku has 3 lines with a specific number of syllables on each line [5, 7, and 5]’. [2.75min. ]
  • New !How to Write a Poem
    ‘Poetry is not only an enjoyable form that will let you experiment with language, ideas, and creativity, but also a great exercise to improve your prose. If you’re not sure where to start with this playful and inventive form, we’ve broken the process into eight simple steps !’
  • New !Parts of a Poem - Elements of Poetry - Poetry for Beginners
    ‘Poems differ from other types of writing. They do not have paragraphs or sentences; they have Stanzas and lines instead. You will learn the elements of a poem today’. [3.5min.]
  • New !The elements of a poem [Khan Academy]
    ‘Poetry is a special kind of writing - if ordinary writing is like talking, then poetry is like singing. This video will describe the parts of poems, and how to think about them’. [5min.]
  • Online Resources : The Poetry Foundation
    Resources for teachers from General Poetry sites, Teacher-specific resources, Single-poet archives and Audiovisual archives. Links to other Poetry areas and Partner Sites.
  • Updated !Poetry - National Library of New Zealand
    ‘Find out how poetry enhances wellbeing through self-expression and empathy, and engages with reading and writing. Using wordplay, humour, and insights into the ordinary and extraordinary, poetry captures emotions and can serious issues. About Poetry, Poetry in the classroom and school library, New Zealand Poetry, Diversity and poetry that explores issues, Spoken word or performance poetry Verse novels plus Poetry books and resources’.
  • Poetry Class
    ‘Find a wide selection of poetry lesson plans and activities covering the whole spectrum of key stages, and exploring many themes and forms of poetry. Each resource has been created by our team of poet-educators and poetry-passionate teachers’. UK.
  • Updated !Poetry Class - Teaching Resources
    Select resources from the menu on the left plus use the two primary links from the descriptor below the heading. ‘Choose from many different poetry lesson plans and activities covering a range of key stages and aspects of poetry. Search for what you are after by theme, key stage or topic’. UK.
  • Updated !Poetry Resources
    From the National Council of Teachers of English in the US. Interviews with Poets, journals, books, lesson plans, blog posts and much more.
  • How to Use Techniques and Styles in Poems
    multiple styles. Links to related areas.
  • Poetry Teaching Resources [Teach Starter]
    ‘An extensive collection of poetry resources to use in your primary classroom. Use one of the comprehensive poetry units to guide your students from the learning of the poetry concepts through to their completed piece of text. Use the Element of Poetry Workbook to consolidate students understanding of the concepts. Worksheets are also provided for diamante, autobiographical, colour, ballad, ode, haiku, shape, simile, limerick, cinquain and acrostic poems. Use the poetry PowerPoint teaching presentations and posters as visual aids for students throughout their work on poetry’.
  • Updated !Poetry Writing Lessons for Kids
    ‘Here are many of the poetry writing lessons for children that I have created to help you become a better poet, including how to write funny poetry, poetic rhythm, poetic forms and other styles of verse, as well as lesson plans for teachers and video lessons’.
  • Rhyme Zone
    ‘Find rhymes, synonyms, adjectives and more’.
  • Strategies for Teaching Poetry : The Ultimate Guide - Just Add Students
    ‘Teaching poetry can be intimidating - for both students and teachers. But it doesn’t have to be ! This post dives into ways you can teach poetry in fun and effective ways. Read on !’
  • The Ultimate Guide to Writing Poetry for Beginners
    The Guide ‘starts with getting to know the types of poetry and identifying which forms pull you. That’s where this guide to writing poetry for beginners comes in. Use this article as a beginner’s guidebook’.

Types of Poems

  • All Types Of Poems
    ‘Poetry Forms, Definitions and Examples’. Click on for headings to access further information. Also has links to a range of poems under topic headings.
  • Cinquain Poem Writing Template
    ‘Use this teaching resource when studying poetry in your classroom. It features some background information about cinquain poems, a writing template for ideas and a page for students to create their own cinquain poem’.
  • Different Types of Poetry
    ‘All of the different types of poetry and literary terms can be found on this site together with many examples of the different styles and kinds of poetry. Additional examples of famous poems and poetry can be found by clicking the links’ beneath the main heading.
  • Updated !Haiku and Senryu
    ‘An informative guide to writing Haiku and Senryu by Kathy Lippard Cobb including : Definition of Haiku, Helpful Hints, Juxtaposition in Haiku, Definition of Senryu, The Difference Between Haiku and Senryu and also featured is a section on New !Tanka by Kathy as well, with informative links’.
  • New !Tanka Talk
    ‘Tanka is a 1 ,300 year-old Japanese form of lyric poetry. Non-rhyming, it is composed in Japanese in five phrases of 5-7-5-7-7 syllables’. Information about the poetry form and how to write it. Haiku and Tanka Poems [ Masterpieces of Japanese Culture ] is another page that looks at Japanese poetry forms.
  • Introduction to Poetry Types
    Includes ‘What is Poetry, Poetry Quotes, Traditional Poetry Forms and Invented Poetry Forms’. You will undoubtedly be very surprised at the number and names of many of these.
  • Poetry Techniques
    ‘Alphabet poetry need not be rhythmic rather the flow of alphabet is given more importance. Here, we shall explain the different types of poems for kids’.
  • Types of Poems
    How to Write Poetry. ‘Here you’ll find explanations of different types of poems, with poetry ideas and creative writing prompts to try them yourself ! At the bottom of the page, you’ll find links to read about more poem types and techniques’.
  • Writing with Writers : Poetry
    Scholastic. Project based on three poets. Levels of usage indicated. Activities from pre-writing to finishing the product and presentation.

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