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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 Temporarily Unavailable Flash Player EOL

 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 Poetry magazine, extensive audio files (1,897), 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
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 newDodge 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 new#Teach Living Poets “Complicating the canon” with more than 24 diverse poets, this site offers Ours Poetica, 145 school-appropriate poems read by current (yes, living) poets. Interactive Hyperdoc Lessons, a virtual library and links to poet websites and resources.
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Internet Poetry Archive Focusing on only seven modern poets, this sites 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 provides newspapers and online publications with a free weekly column featuring contemporary American poems 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.
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.

Poetry Daily A new poem every day -- online and/or by email.
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newPoetry in America (PBS) Two seasons give us 20 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. Explore other features.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Great resource for anyone wanting to study musical lyrics as poetry. Includes more than 50 lessons (scroll down).
TED
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

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