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.

Poems & Poets


Australian Poetry

  • 21 Best-loved Poems, Ballads and Songs
    ‘The activities in this book may address many outcomes in the syllabus’.
  • An Australian Poem A Day
    ‘A celebration of poetry for the National Year of Reading 2012’. 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.
  • 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.
  • Australian Children’s Poetry
    ‘Showcasing poetry by Australian Children’s Poets’.
  • Australian Poetry Library
    ‘Tens of thousands of poems from hundreds of Australian poets, all free for you to view’.
  • Australian Poetry Slam
    A new and totally different way of creating poetry.
  • Bush Poetry - Poems by theme and occasion
    ‘Many earlier Australian poets wrote bush poetry, with bush ballads being especially popular in the last decades of the nineteenth century. Much old bush poetry circulated orally and its authors are now unknown’.
  • Henry Lawson
    ‘Australian writer and poet’. Full text plus audio of each.
  • List of Australian Poets
    ‘The poets listed below were either citizens or residents of Australia or published the bulk of their poetry whilst living there’. Links to further information. Wikipedia.
  • Poems
    ‘Dig into all things poetic and improve your prose here. English teaching resources mapped to the australian curriculum and suitable for primary and secondary’. Australian ABC.
  • Poems for Kids
    ‘Written by many famous Australian poets, including ‘Banjo’ Paterson and C J Dennis’. Part of a much larger site that covers many poems grouped under specific topics.
  • Poetic Form
    Brief descriptions of different poetry forms ranging from Abcedarian through Haiku to Verse novels.
  • The Poet Les Murray
    Bibliography, poems, teaching resources, links, more.

Children’s Poetry

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

  • Children’s Poems - Poems For Children
    ‘Poems about children. You can read the best children poems. Browse through all children poems’.
  • Classical Poems for Children
    ‘This is a collection of classical poems for children written by a variety of poets such as Christina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Edward Lear’.
  • 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
  • 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’. [41 specific poems have been chosen].
  • 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’.
  • Poetry4Kids [by Ken Nesbitt]
    Sections covering poems, commentary and even a small group of lessons.
  • Poetry for Kids
    ‘Here are some different types of poems to try in your classroom or at home for fun’. Title, descriptor, example, links to further sources.
  • The Children’s Poetry Archive
    ‘A place here everyone can listen to poetry. When poets read aloud, they breathe life into the poems’.
  • 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 teaching resources for schools’.
  • 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.

Classical Poetry

  • Bartleby Verse
    ‘With tens of thousands of poems by thousands of authors, offers one of the largest and oldest free full-text collections of verse on the web’.
  • Canterbury Tales
    A modern English version of these. For those wanting to read them in both Middle and Modern English try this site.
  • Classical Poems
    Extensive listing with some unusual inclusions. Links to other poetry groupings and poet listings.
  • Luminarium
    Includes sections on Metaphysical and Cavalier poets.
  • Old Possum’s Book of Cats [TS Eliot]
  • Poetry Archives@eMule
    1 000s of classical poems accessible by multiple methods.
  • 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.

Love Poems

  • Best Love Poems
    Briefly annotated links to multiple sites.
  • eLove Poems
    Love poems, Love Quotes. Select from a really extensive collection of poets or find poems via topics.
  • Love Poems And Quotes
    ‘The most romantic love poems on the web’. Also poems, quotes for friendship and inspiration.
  • Love Poetry
    ‘A free, online love poetry resource providing the famous love poems by the World’s most popular Poets’.

Other Sources

  • 12 Best Poetry Websites for Kids
    Interactives and Collections. ‘These writing tools and examples help. Many of them have forms, tips and scaffolding. Added bonus - many of the sites also have lesson plans for teachers’. Visitors have links to other sites as well.
  • Christmas Poems
    For a selection of links to Christmas poems, visit this page on our web site.
  • Every Poet
    Classic poems, haiku generator, other links.
  • Famous Poets and Poems
    ‘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 628 poets’.
  • Haiku
    ThoughtCo. Overview, examples, links to other sources.
  • 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 while.
  • 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. Providing modern poems for secondary students.
  • 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.
  • 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 Lover’s Guide to the Web
    Selected poems plus links to other collections.
    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’.
  • Poets Corner
    There are approximately 7 000 items.
    ‘Currently features biographies of more than 500 poets’. Modern and classical poets. Try their Poem-A-Day
  • Representative Poetry Online
    ‘Includes 3 162 English poems by 500 poets from Caedmon, in the Old English period, to the work of living poets today’.
  • Robert Frost
  • Shadow Poetry
    ‘A place for writers to walk out of the shadows’.
  • Shmoop - Poetry
    A mix of classical, modern and very modern poetry, including some by songwriters. More than 120 poems are included.
  • 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 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’.
  • The Poetry Archive
    ‘The Poetry Archive makes and acquires recordings of poets from around the English-speaking world and makes substantial excerpts from them freely available online. You can also enjoy new recordings of classic poems from the past read by contemporary poets. The website currently features over 2 000 poems you can listen to without charge’.
  • 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 more resources ’.
  • Twentieth-century Poetry in English
    ‘I’ve collected Internet information relating to 116 poets, for 11 of whom I’ve created my own pages, and for the rest of whom a large index page, “Poet Links”’. Not updated for some time.
  • 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.

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Poetry Writing

  • 10 Ways to Use Poetry in Your Classroom
    ‘From activating prior knowledge to exploring language to capturing character, discover ten ways to integrate poetry into your language, reading, and writing lessons’.
  • All Types Of Poems
    ‘Poetry Forms, Definitions and Examples’. Also has links to a range of poems under topic headings.
  • Different types and forms of Poetry
    ‘We have created a list of different poetry terms with definitions. Just click on the poetry term you would like to see the definition of’. Our resources are currently being updated - please come back soon to see fresh new content !
  • 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’.
  • Don J’s Bestbook Poetry Guide Articles
    21 chapters, broken into multiple sections each. Suited to older students.
  • General Poetry Resources @Web English Teacher
    ‘Features lesson plans and activities for teaching specific types of poetry or poetry in general. Sites and Activities for Specific Poets and Collections of Poetry are also available’.
  • Haiku and Senryu
    Definitions with examples, the basics, links, resources, more.
  • How to Write a Poem
    ‘Here is a list of things to think about that, hopefully, will make the process easier for you’.
  • 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.
  • Introduction to Poetry Types
    Introduces an extensive listing of both Traditional and Invented poetry formats.
  • Materials for Teachers
    Includes lesson plans, information on teaching poetry, Around the Web.
  • 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.
  • Poetry
    National Library of New Zealand. ‘Find out about poetry and how to use it to engage children with reading. With wordplay, humour and fresh insights into the ordinary and extraordinary, children’s poetry captures emotions and confronts serious issues’.
  • Poetry 180
    ‘A Poem a Day for American High Schools, hosted by Poet Laureate Billy Collins. The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress’. Even has advice on how to effectively read a poem out loud.
  • 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’.
  • Poetryclass - Resource Material
    ‘We have a wealth of resources to offer teachers, much of which may also appeal to parents or indeed anyone wishing to learn more about how to engage young people in reading and writing poetry’.
  • Poetry Lesson Plans
    From the National Council of Teachers of English in the US.
  • Poetry Lessons for Kids
    How to write funny poetry; rhythm; poetic forms; other poetic styles; reciting poetry; lesson plans, video less; dictionaries and rhyming word lists.
  • Poetry Lesson PLans
    Multiple annotated links to material grouped under grades. USA.
  • Poetry Styles & Techniques
    Lists multiple styles. Links to related areas.
  • Poetry Techniques
    ‘These types of poems will surely generate kids’ interest in poetry’.
  • Poetry Writing
    Scholastic. Project based on three poets. Levels of usage indicated. Activities from pre-writing to finishing the product and presentation.
  • Rhyme Zone
    Find help with rhyme, other aspects of poetry.
  • Tanka Online
    ‘Learn about the lyric poem of Japan known as tanka [waka], now becoming one of the most popular and versatile short forms of poetry in English’. Information about the poetry form and how to write it. Haiku and Tanka Poems is another page. ‘Click on one of the links to find out more information about Haiku and Tanka poetry’.
  • 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 ultimate guide to writing poetry for beginners comes in. Use this article as a beginner’s guidebook’.
  • 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’.
  • Types of Poetry
    ‘These are just a few examples of different types of poetry. Most of the definitions have at least one example of each particular type of poetry for better understanding’. The Handbook gives definitions of terms used in poetry as well as poem types.

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