Poetry uses language in a musical, imaginative way. It uses devices such
as rhythm, sound pattern, rhyme, imagery, assonance, alliteration, and
Sample some of the following activities to learn more about poetry.
Places To Go
To See Things To Do Teacher
following are places to go (some real and some virtual) to find out about
A large and comprehensive collection of Poetry indexed by author, title and subject. This collection includes approximately 7000 works by 800 authors, and spans hundreds of years and a wide range of genres
Get to know Emily Dickinson. She only published 10 poems in her lifetime
Meet Ezra Pound. He was born in Idaho but spent most of his life in Europe
Get acquainted with Henry David Thoreau. He liked to live in harmony with
Spend some time with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He wrote poems about
American legends like Paul Revere and Miles Standish and Hiawatha
Meet Robert Frost. He won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1924, 1931,
1937, and 1943
Meet Robert Pinsky. He’s the Poet Laureate of the United States
Meet T.S. Elliot. His writing style was influenced by Dante
Meet 13 of America’s most famous modern poets and explore their lives
of American Poets
Use the “Find a Poem” section of this site to locate your favorite verse.
also an audio section where you can hear
Let students hear poems being read rather than reading them silently.
According to this site, poems are meant to be read out loud
Find out the format for writing haiku and see many examples
Learn about The Mahabharata. It is the world’s longest poem. The epic
poem describes events that took place around 5,000 BC in India
Move words around on a cyber-magnetic board to create your own poetry
Read a sonnet a day from their random sonnet generator or search for your
favorite sonnet by Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barret Browning, and others
- Malley, Barbara Beyer. Rhyme Time: Poems and Activities for the Elementary
Grades. Carthage, IL: Fearon Teacher Aids, c1992.
- Potts, Cheryl. Poetry Galore & More With Shel Silverstein. Hagerstown,
MD: Alleyside Press, c1994.
- Wainwright, James. Poetivities: Guiding Creative Poetic Expression
Successfully in the Elementary Grades. Carthage, IL: Good Apple, c1989.