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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.





Definition of Poetry “Introduction to Poetry” Billy Collins

Metapoetry “I Am Offering This Poem” Jimmy Santiago Baca

AP Prompts “Blackberry Picking” Seamus Heaney

Ekphrastic Poetry “Musée des Beaux Arts” W. H. Auden

Regular Verse “Sympathy” Paul Laurence Dunbar

Specificity “Where I’m From” George Ella Lyons

Modern Verse “We Real Cool” Gwendolyn Brooks

Theme “We grow accustomed to the night--”
“Acquainted with the Night”
Emily Dickinson
Robert Frost

Extended Metaphor “Cliché” Billy Collins

Concrete Poetry (Calligrams) “Easter Wings” and Others George Herbert and Others

Dramatic Monologue “My Last Duchess” Robert Browning

Imagery “Those Winter Sundays” Robert Hayden

Sonnet “Sonnet” Billy Collins

Allusion “Barbie Doll” Marge Piercy

Metonymy and Synecdoche “Part and Whole” Rachel Hadas

Shakespearean (or English) Sonnet “Love Is Not All” Edna St. Vincent Millay

Petrarchan (or Italian) Sonnet “The Illiterate” William Meredith

Villanelle “One Art” Elizabeth Bishop

Slam Poetry    

In Memoriam “Facing It” Yusef Komunyakaa

Undressing a Poet “Undressing Emily Dickinson” Billy Collins

Heritage “You Bring Out the Mexican in Me” Sandra Cisneros

Personification “Talking Myself to Sleep at One More Hilton” John Ciardi

Connotation “Traveling Through the Dark” William Stafford

Symbolism Persimmons” Li-Young Lee

Juxtaposition “Advice to My Son” Peter Meinke

Music “Strange Fruit” Abel Meeropol

Irony “Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper” Martin Espada

Local Color “Driving in Oklahoma” Carter Revard

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 

Poetry Foundation Poetry magazine, extensive audio files (1,983), an email Poem of the Day, multiple podcasts, individual Poem Guides (89), and Essays on Poetic Theory (55).
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Poets.org Academy of American Poets sponsors National Poetry Month (including a free poster), Teach This Poem (301 lesson plans), Poem-a-Day, Classroom Calendar, and
offers audio resources, links, contests, and current events.
Poetry Out Loud Site for the national contest offers resources on popular poems and recordings of familiar favorites. Excellent lesson plans.
Poetry 180 Poet laureate Billy Collins’s website with a poem a day, selected specifically for American high school students. Contemporary, exciting, accessible to all.
dodge Dodge Poetry Festival Usually held in Morristown or Newark, this biennial festival lures dozens of renowned poets to its stages. Teaching Resources include Using Poetry Videos in the Classroom, with 100+ videos of poets reading their own poetry.
living #Teach Living Poets “Complicating the canon” with more than 24 diverse poets, this site offers Ours Poetica, 250 school-appropriate poems read by current (yes, living) poets. Interactive Hyperdoc Lessons, a virtual library and links to poet resources. (Preview each poem as some may include mature language.)
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Internet Poetry Archive Focusing on only seven modern poets, this site collects extensive audio resources, including interviews and recitations.
Voices and Visions This PBS series website includes annotated links and a short poetry video for thirteen of America’s greatest poets. 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 provided newspapers and online publications with a free weekly column featuring contemporary American poems. Though sunsetted on 31 December 2022, the website maintains poem archives of past poems. Poems are very intentionally accessible.

Artists for Literacy The Sibl Project, sponsored by Artists for Literacy, offers two CDs of songs inspired by literature. Two CDs are available for purchase. Includes a massive list of Allusive Songs.
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.

Poetry Daily A new poem every day -- online and/or by email.
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Poetry in America (PBS) Three seasons give us 28 great 30-minute videos. Each offers the viewer a fully immersive experience in hearing, reading, and interpreting a single American poem. Click on TV Series to get to videos.
Poetry Society of America Worth a visit, even if only for Poetry in Motion, a series of poems illustrated for display in public transportation venues. On Poetry offers thematic essays and In Their Own Words, poets on their own poetry.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Great resource for anyone wanting to study musical lyrics as poetry. Includes more than 50 lessons (scroll down).
newThere’s a Poem for That YouTube Playlist for a dozen TED Talk poems, each illustrated as a short film. Start with “The Opposites Game” by Brendan Constantine.

Just for Teachers

Dr. L. Kip Wheeler's Website The best online resource for literary terms.
Teach This Poem Featuring a weekly poem, with interdisciplinary primary sources and activities. Sign up for email delivery.

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

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