This page covers topics for the Poetry component of English. It provide access to information about Poets, poetry and poetry writing.
Included 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.
Poems & Poets
- 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 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.
- Henry Lawson
‘Australian writer and poet’. Full text plus audio of each.
- Modern Australian Poetry
australia.gov.au. ‘The richness, strength and vitality of Australian poetry is marked by its prodigious diversity. Yet themes persist through this diversity. An abiding interest is the Australian landscape and how to relate to it’.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Poet Les Murray
Bibliography, poems, teaching resources, links, more.
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’.
- 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 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’.
- Giggle Poetry
- Poetry for Kids [by Ken Nesbitt]
- The Children’s Poetry Archive
‘A place where 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’.
- 100 Best Poems Ever Written
‘Top 100 famous and best poems of all time about life, love and friendship. Read the 100 most popular and greatest poems and limericks ever written in English Poetry by famous poets all over the world’.
- Bartleby Verse
- Canterbury Tales
- Classical Poems
‘Search by poem, poet, area or category.
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.
- 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’.
- 12 Best Poetry Websites for Kids
Interactives and Collections. Compiled in May 2016. ‘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’.
- 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’.
About Education. Overview, examples, links to other sources.
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.
‘Poetry.com welcomes all amateur poets and invites you to participate in the world’s largest and most vibrant poetry community. It will be exciting for you to receive comments and feedback from the millions of people who will read your poetry on this site’.
- 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’.
- 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.
- 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’.
- Sheer Poetry
‘Sheer Poetry has sections for primary teachers and students, secondary teachers and students, and for university level and the general poetry reader. Here you will find poems, articles, workshops, interviews and essays, question sessions, more’. UK.
- 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’.
- The Writer’s Almanac
‘Garrison Keillor’s daily choice of poem along with literary and historical notes’.
- 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.
- World Wide School Library -
Links to a wide range of poetry. Some links annotated.
- 10 Great Winter Poems
Everyone Should Read
Interesting Literature. ‘Here are ten of the best winter poems, from Thomas Hardy’s New Year meditation to Christina Rossetti’s classic Christmas carol’.
- Winter Poems
- Winter Poems [About.com]
‘A collection of classic and new poems for the season’.
- Winter Poems - Poems For Winter
100 poems for you to read and enjoy. Classics to modern.
- 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’.
- 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.
- Learning Lab : The Poetry Foundation
Resources for teachers from General Poetry sites, Teacher-specific resources, Single-poet archives and Audiovisual archives. Links to other Poetry areas.
- Materials for Teachers
Includes lesson plans, information on teaching poetry, Around the Web.
- Poetry Class
Poetry Teachers. ‘Here are some great lesson plans and tips on how to teach funny poetry in your classroom’.
- 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 Styles & Techniques
Lists multiple styles. Links to related areas.
- Poetry Techniques
‘Helps you know more about the poetry techniques used to enhance the feel of the words’.
- 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’.
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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 Poems for Kids
‘Explain the different types of poems for kids. Make your kids understand in a simple manner so that they remember what they have studied’.
- 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.