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National Poetry Month is April and we can thank Poets.org for wonderful materials to help us celebrate. Visit their extraordinary website as a place to begin. Listen to a favorite poet, download lesson plans, find out whether there are any special events scheduled locally.

 Day

 Focus

 Poem

 Poet

 1
Definition of Poetry "Introduction to Poetry" Billy Collins

 2
Metapoetry "I Am Offering This Poem" Jimmy Santiago Baca

 3
AP Prompts "Blackberry Picking" Seamus Heaney

 4
Ekphrastic Poetry "Musée des Beaux Arts" W. H. Auden

 5
Regular Verse "Sympathy" Paul Laurence Dunbar

 6
Specificity "Where I'm From" George Ella Lyons

7
Modern Verse "We Real Cool" Gwendolyn Brooks

8
Theme "We grow accustomed to the night--"
"Acquainted with the Night"
Emily Dickinson
Robert Frost

9
Extended Metaphor "Cliché" Billy Collins

 10
Concrete Poetry (Calligrams) "Easter Wings" and Others George Herbert and Others

 11
Dramatic Monologue "My Last Duchess" Robert Browning

 12
Imagery "Those Winter Sundays" Robert Hayden

 13
Sonnet "Sonnet" Billy Collins

 14
Allusion "Barbie Doll" Marge Piercy

15
Metonymy and Synecdoche "Part and Whole" Rachel Hadas

16
Shakespearean (or English) Sonnet "Love Is Not All" Edna St. Vincent Millay

17
Petrarchan (or Italian) Sonnet "The Illiterate" William Meredith

 18
Villanelle "One Art" Elizabeth Bishop

19
Flash Poetry "Miss Charlotte Brown, Librarian, Goes Mad" Felix Jung

 20
In Memoriam "Facing It" Yusef Komunyakaa

 21
Undressing a Poet "Undressing Emily Dickinson" Billy Collins

 22
Heritage "You Bring Out the Mexican in Me" Sandra Cisneros

 23
Personification "Talking Myself to Sleep at One More Hilton" John Ciardi

 24
Connotation "Traveling Through the Dark" William Stafford

 25
Symbolism "Persimmons" Li-Young Lee

26
Juxtaposition "Advice to My Son" Peter Meinke

 27
Music "Strange Fruit" Abel Meeropol

 28
Irony "Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper" Martin Espada

 29
Local Color "Driving in Oklahoma" Carter Revard

30
Oddities "The Disappearing Alphabet" Richard Wilbur

I apologize if the line numbers on many of the selected poems don't quite line up correctly. Please just use them for reference in discussing the poems as I do not have the technical savvy to figure out how to make them align accurately. If you find any other errors -- from misspelled words to broken links, please notify me. Sandra Effinger mseffie@mac.com

 

General Poetry Resources 

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Poetry Foundation Site includes an online magazine, podcasts, blog, audiovisuals, recordings, reading guides, and pages dedicated to individual poets. Especially useful is Ed Hirsch's "How to Read a Poem."
Poets.org The Academy of American Poets sponsors National Poetry Month and offers extensive resources on individual poets, poems, and terms for study. Includes weekly spotlighted poets and poems, audio resources, extensive links, contests, and current events.
Poetry Out Loud Site for the national contest offers resources on popular poems and recordings of familiar favorites.
Poetry 180 Poet laureate Billy Collins website with a poem a day, selected specifically for American high school students. Contemporary, exciting, accessible to all.
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Borderlands Web Audio Project Texas Poetry Review's audio project showcases nine contemporary poets introducing, discussing, and reading their poetry.
Internet Poetry Archive Focusing on only seven modern poets, this sites collects extensive audio resources, including interviews and recitations.
Voices and Visions This PBS website that accompanies the series includes annotated links and a short poetry video for thirteen of America's greatest poets. With a broadband connection, you can even view the programs online for free.
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American Life in Poetry Under the guidance of Ted Kooser, former poet laureate, this site provides newspapers and online publications with a free weekly column featuring contemporary American poems. The poem in each column is brief, enjoyable and accessible. Each column can be downloaded in .pdf format.

Artists for Literacy The Sibl Project, sponsored by Artists for Literacy, offers innovative learning tools that foster literary and artistic appreciation, critical thinking, increased confidence, curiosity, and life-long learning. Annual contest honors songs inspired by literature.
Atlantic Online: Audible Anthology Not only does the Atlantic Monthly provide free access to all their wonderful contemporary poems, but they also have hundreds of audios -- poets reading their own poems aloud and soundings (multiple interpretations of famous poems).
BBC Showcase of Visual Poetry Wonderful resource for flash poetry, poetic interpretations, and other unusual video poetry resources. Also check out the Poetry Out Loud resources of poets reading their own poetry.
Favorite Poem Project Started by former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, the Favorite Poem Project allows people to submit their favorite poems along with a personal story about why they chose the poem. Includes 50 videos.

Poems That Go The ultimate resource for Flash poetry. Also includes extensive links to other sites.

Poetry Daily A new poem every day -- online and/or by email.
Poetry Society of America Worth a visit, even if only for Poetry in Motion, its selection of Poetry Postcards and Posters. Includes resources for contests, chapbooks and more.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Great resource for anyone wanting to study musical lyrics as poetry. Includes more than 50 lessons (direct link to lessons).
Wired for Books Poetry Online from Wired includes recitations and interviews with contemporary poets.
 

Just for Teachers

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Dr. L. Kip Wheeler's Website The best online resource for literary terms.
Fooling with Words Bill Moyers' PBS website based on the 20 poets who performed at the 1999 Dodge festival. Includes handouts, audio and video files.
  Poetry Teachers.com Resource devoted mainly to ideas for teaching students to write poetry, but also includes some discussion of terms, major poets, etc.
Ten for National Poetry Month Ten National Poetry Month activities from Traci Gardner, founder of tengrrl and currently working with N.C.T.E. to revamp the Read/Write/Think website.

You may want to download the following handouts about poetry in general.

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