Included below 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.

This page covers topics for the Poetry component of English. It provide access to information about Poets, poetry and poetry writing.

A number of Poetry competitions are detailed on the Student Competitions page, primarily in the Writing section of the Language Competitions.

Poems & Poets


Australian Poetry

  • 10 Australian Poets You Should Know
    ‘Famous for bush poetry predominantly, some of the most well known poets are iconic for their radicalism, poetic form, and style. Discover the top ten best Australian poets that you must know before travelling to a city as art-inspired and culture-heavy as Melbourne’.
  • 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 a previous National Year of Reading’. 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 Bush Poetry, Verse & Music
    ‘If we look back through history, the bush poetry that has survived, and there has been plenty of it, reflects quite accurately the times in which those people lived. There are stories of droving treks, exploits of endurance, great feats of horsemanship, the pain of separation, in fact you could find a poem on almost any topic you would care to name’. Has sections on Bush Poets [old and new] and Poetry Writing Tips.
  • Australian Children’s Poetry
    ‘Showcasing poetry by Australian Children’s Poets’.
  • Australian Literature : Poetry [National Library of Australia[
    Advice on finding material in their collection. Covers both poets and poetry. Also has links to other sources including libraries, journals, many with full texts available.
  • 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.
  • Bush Poetry - Poems by theme and occasion
    ‘Many earlier Australian poets wrote bush poetry, with bush ballads being especially popular in the last decades of the nineteenth century. Much old bush poetry circulated orally and its authors are now unknown’.
  • Henry Lawson
    ‘Australian writer and poet’. Full text plus audio for each.
  • List of Australian Poets
    ‘The poets listed below were either citizens or residents of Australia or published the bulk of their poetry whilst living here’. Links to further information. Wikipedia.
  • Modern Australian Poetry [Trove]
    ‘Archived from Includes introductions and links for poets and their works from the 1930s to 2008 and onwards’.
  • Poems
    ‘Dig into all things poetic and improve your prose here. English teaching resources mapped to the Australian curriculum and suitable for primary and secondary’. Australian ABC.
  • 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.
  • Poetic Form
    Brief descriptions of different poetry forms ranging from Abcedarian through Haiku to Verse novels.
  • Poetry and songs, 1786-1900
    ‘These poems and songs are either written in Australia, by Australians, or regarding Australia. The list includes two works which were created with no direct relationship to Australia, but which have been included as they are an iconic part of Australia’s military traditions : “The Ode of Remembrance” [1914] and “In Flanders’ Fields” [1916]’. A second page Poetry and songs, 1901-1954 carries this into the 20th century.
  • Red Room Poetry
    Poets, New Australian poetry, contemporary Australian writers & poetry education. ‘Reflecting the diversity of Australian voices, RR commissions and publishes poetry of all styles and stages [page/performance/spoken word/experimental/digital/musical/visual]’. Significant listing provided in alphabetical groupings.
  • The Poet Les Murray
    Bibliography, poems, teaching resources, links, more.
  • World War One Poetry
    ABC Radio National. A selection of poems from World War 1 read by well-known Australians such as Sir Peter Cosgrove, Quentin Bryce, Wesley Enoch and others.

Children’s Poetry

For Australian children’s poetry and poems, see the section above.

  • 12 Best Poetry Websites for Kids
    Interactives and Collections. ‘Use these free websites to help children and teens learn, practice, listen to and enjoy poetry. These resources are helpful for parents, teachers, and kids alike. Many of them have forms, tips, and scaffolding. A few even give your kids the opportunity to submit their finished works of poetic art for online publication. As an added bonus, many of the sites also have lesson plans for teachers’.
  • 86 Most Popular Teen Poems - Intense Poems About Life By Teens
    ‘Poetry about teen life really requires a website all its own. Being a teenager is a complicated business and Teen Poets write some of the most intense poems. The teenage years are a time when we experience some of life's most difficult issues for the first time’.
  • Children’s Poems - Poems For Children
    100+ poets. ‘Poems about children. Read the best children’s poems. Browse through all children’s poems’.
  • Children’s Poetry
    ‘A free, online poetry resource providing famous poetry for children by the World’s most popular Poets. Whether your search is for Classic Childrens Poetry or Modern poetry for children you will find the poetry for children of your choice on this Children’s Poetry section’.
  • Cool Links for Kids
    ‘I have listed below a pile of fun websites for kids like us that I find interesting and fun. The first stuff is an alphabetical listing of interesting web pages of poets and authors I enjoy’.
  • 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
    25 different formats with explanations and many examples across the various types.
  • Planet Poetry
    ‘Welcome to planetpoetry® – poems for children aged young to adult. I hope my poems challenge you and make you laugh and cry and think ! I also hope they inspire you to write your own. Quality, modern children’s poetry. Daniel’s poems have featured on the BBC’s CBeebies, many top British publishers and in digital content for Daydream Education’.
  • Poems For Children by Famous Poets
    ‘There are many famous poems for children. Poets like A. A. Milne and William Blake wrote many poems for children that can inspire them to find their voice and representation through poetry, even from an early age’. Specific examples are provided and also an extensive listing of poets whose work is considered worthwhile.
  • Poems for Kids - Pitara Kids’ Network
    ‘Our large assortment of poems for kids include evergreen classics as well as new poems on a variety of themes. You will find original juvenile poetry about trees, animals, parties, school, friendship and many more subjects. We have short poems, long poems, funny poems, inspirational poems, poems about environment, poems you can recite’.
  • 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’.
  • Poetry4Kids
    ‘The funny poetry playground of children’s author Kenn Nesbitt. Here you will find lots of funny poems for kids, classic children’s poems, games, poetry lessons and activities, plus a rhyming dictionary, videos, author visit information and lots more’.
  • Poetry for Kids
    ‘Here are some different types of poems to try in your classroom or at home for fun’. Title, descriptor, example, links to further resources for that specific format.
  • Teen Ink - Poems written by Teens
    ‘Teen Ink offers some of the most thoughtful and creative work generated by teens today. We have no staff writers or artists; we depend completely on submissions from teenagers around the world for our content’.
  • The Children’s Poetry Archive
    ‘A place where everyone can listen to poetry. When poets read aloud, they breathe life into the poems. Search by poet, poem name or lyric’. The Teaching Space is well worth visiting.
  • 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. Competitions, Poets Talk, Video Zone, more’.
  • Web Links – Poetry Websites [Poetry4kids]
    ‘These are links to websites devoted to children’s poetry’. Imagine going to Fizzy, Funny, Fuzzy or Wits, Whims, and Wicked Kids.
  • Wits, Whims, and Wicked Kids, Poetry for Children
    A diverse collection of poems covering a wide range of topics and forms.

Classical Poetry

  • 14 Classic Poems Everyone Should Know
    ‘There are some essential classic poems everyone should know. These poems form the tradition of the English language, linger in the memory and shape our thoughts. You may recognise some of these lines, but knowing the author and the date will improve your claim to cultural literacy’.
  • 31 of the Best and Most Famous Short Classic Poems Of All Time
    ‘Here is some of the best classical poetry for you to enjoy’.
  • 50 Classic Poems Read By 12 Celebrities : Morgan Freeman, Jodie Foster, Gary Sinise ! more
    List provided on the home page with poem, reader and time for each. [Approx 1.5 hours]
  • Bartleby Verse
    ‘With tens of thousands of poems by thousands of authors, offers one of the largest and oldest free full-text collections of verse on the web’.
  • Canterbury Tales
    A modern English version of these. For those wanting to read them in both Middle and Modern English try this site from Harvard.
  • Classical Poems
    Extensive listing with some unusual inclusions. Links to other poetry groupings and poet listings.
  • Luminarium
    Includes sections on Metaphysical and Cavalier poets as well as Medieval Literature, Renaissance Literature, 17th Century Literature and Restoration and 18th Century.
  • Old Possum’s Book of Cats [TS Eliot]
    ‘Eliot playfully weaves his way through 13 vignettes about cats, starting with some observations on the importance of cats’ names, before diving into the lives of individual felines. Cat burglars, magicians, thieves, and troublemakers populate the colourful cast of this wonderful book’.
  • The Best Poems Ever
    ‘Picking the greatest poems ever written is a very subjective task and a matter of personal taste and fancy [so if you disagree with my choices, please feel free to compile your own]. Perhaps the most interesting thing about my personal canon is that many of the poems are fairly recent’. There is also access from the home page to other ‘best of’ groupings such as The Best Short Poems of All Time. Many are quite different.

Love Poems

  • 10 Best Love Poems Ever ! [Writer's Digest]
    ‘My top 10 list of the best love poems ever. I’ve tried to find a version of each poem online. Just click the links’.
  • 58 Absolutely Beautiful Love Poems To Read Right Now
    ‘These love poems I’ve collected vary widely. Some are classic love poems. Some love poems were posted on social media this year. Some rhyme. Others don’t. Most are romantic. A few are sad or angry. All of them are beautiful. All of them are about love’.
  • 100 Most Popular Love Poems
    ‘Poems about Love speak about the passion, desire and vulnerability of being in love’.
  • Best Love Poems
    Briefly annotated links to multiple sites.
  • Love Poems [Academy of American Poets]
    ‘Popular love poems, from classic to contemporary, to share for weddings and anniversaries, on Valentine’s Day, and year-round. These poems are perfect to express romantic love, a lovely friendship, or a love that’s complicated’.
  • Love Poems [Poetry Foundation]
    ‘Classic and contemporary love poems to share’. Sections include Classic Love, Teen Love, Romantic Love, Funny Love, Sad Love, Friendship and more.
  • 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 from the World’s most popular Poets’.
  • The 20 Best Romantic Love Poems of All Time
    ‘These love poems will make you sound like the hopeless romantic you’d like to be’.

Other Sources

  • All Poetry - The world’s largest poetry site
    ‘The web’s largest poetry writing group - from beginners to experts. Improve your poetry, create a fan base and read the best poetry of our generation. Allpoetry is home base for poets’.
  • Christmas Poems
    For links to a selection of 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 631 poets’.
  • My Poetic Side
    ‘Register to : Post your poetry; Create an ebook with your poems for free; Write down the books you read; Save your favourite poems, authors and posts; Leave your comments; and Make friends’. In addition, there is a vast range of poetry and further information,
  • Poemhunter
    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 Library of Congress. ‘Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. I have selected the poems you will find here with high school students in mind’. You can also access a comprehensive guide to locating poetry resources available on the Library of Congress’s Web site.
  • Poetry Articles
    Really a collection of collections. Links to collections and in some cases individual poems.

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  • Poetry Daily
    Written by practising poets. Today’s Poem, News, Features, Archives.
  • 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’. There are sections included for Educators, Listening, Online Resources and Poets from many periods.
  • 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
    ‘The guide consists of 100 poems and 65 links to other poetry collections and guides’.
    Resource site for poetry and poets. ‘Here you can learn about the history, meaning, and types of poetry, as well as terms often used when reading and studying poetry. There is also the resource page : a series of links to various poetry sites for daily poetry, poetry organisations, poet biographies and more’.
  • Poetry Out Loud
    By clicking on Find Poems in the menu you can access Poems, Poets, Collection, Poetic Forms & Terms and Random Poems. While also a national Poetry competition only in the United States, it is an interesting concept someone might like to consider in Australia. This Poetry Out Loud - National Endowment for the Arts page gives a detailed description of what is involved.
  • Poets Corner
    ‘The Collection contains approximately 7 369 Works by 799 Poets’ [at time of update].
    ‘Search more than 3 000 biographies of contemporary and classic poets’. Try their Poem-A-Day - ‘the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 250 new, previously unpublished poems by today’s talented poets each year’.
  • Representative Poetry Online
    Poems - All Poems, Advanced Search, Random Poem; Poets - Poets, Advanced Search, Random Poet, Poet Honours; Poetry - Timeline, Criticism, Glossary, Bibliography; On this Day … ’ and more.
  • Robert Frost
  • Shadow Poetry
    ‘A place for writers to walk out of the shadows. A Poet’s writing resource’.
  • Shmoop - Poetry Study Guides
    Select from tamong hose listed on 40 pages. Use the Navigation menu on the left to access specific aspects in the guide.
  • 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
    ‘We have a fundamental belief that poetry should be accessible to everyone. The website currently features over 2 000 poems you can listen to without charge, with examples of the best of every kind of English-language poetry. New recordings are added all the time. Hearing a poet reading his or her work remains uniquely illuminating’.
  • 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 further resources ’.
  • 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. Additional examples of famous different poems and poetry can be found by clicking the links’ beneath the main heading.
  • Walt Whitman : A Resource Guide
    ‘This guide compiles the many Whitman resources spread throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites on Walt Whitman and a selected bibliography of publications about Whitman and his writings’.
  • What is Haiku ?
    ‘Haiku is an ancient form of Japanese poetry often containing [in English] a total of 17 syllables shared between three lines that are arranged in a pattern of 5-7-5’. A second site can be found at Haiku [Academy of American Poets].

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Poetry Writing

  • 7 Poetry Activities Students Love
    ‘Getting secondary students to read and write poetry [and enjoy it] can be difficult. So, I’ve gathered some tools that engage students in meaningful [but fun !] writing and discussion. Keep reading as I reveal the poetry activities my students love the most’.
  • 8 Poetry Websites for Kids
    Resources for Teaching Young Poets. ‘Use them to help kids learn how to write poems, the difference between poetry styles and more’.
  • 10 Top Resources on Poetry
    Reading Rockets. ‘From activating prior knowledge to exploring language to capturing character, discover ten ways to integrate poetry into your language, reading, and writing lessons’.
  • All Types Of Poems
    ‘Poetry Forms, Definitions and Examples’. Also has links to a range of poems under topic headings.
  • Cinquain Poem Writing Template
    ‘Use this teaching resource when studying poetry in your classroom. It features some background information about cinquain poems, a writing template for ideas and a page for students to create their own cinquain poem’.
  • Different Poetry Terms
    ‘We have created a list of different poetry terms, with their definitions. Just click on the poetry term for which you would like to see the definition’.
  • 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. Additional examples of famous different poems and poetry can be found by clicking the links’ beneath the main heading.
  • 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 and 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 : 8 Fundamentals for Writing Poetry
    ‘Despite the challenge, writing poetry is a very fulfilling creative experience, and we have exactly what you’re looking for to learn how to master this art form’. Scroll down to the Table of Contents to make use of each section.
  • How to Write a Poem You Can Be Proud Of
    ‘Here is a list of things to think about that, hopefully, will make the process easier for you’. A wide range of tips.
  • 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.
  • How to Write Poetry : A complete guide for students and teachers
    ‘With over fifty acknowledged styles of poetry there is plenty on offer to students of all ages and ability. We are going to look at eight different styles of poetry and strategies for teaching it in the classroom. These styles of poetry are most commonly taught in elementary/primary classrooms’.
  • Introduction to Poetry Types
    Introduces an extensive listing of both Traditional and Invented poetry formats.
  • Library of Congress Poetry Resources
    ‘The Teachers’ Page is a resource designed to help teachers and other educators incorporate primary source materials, including those in American Memory and the Library’s other digital collections, into the classroom. The Teachers’ Page includes lesson plans, primary source sets, and other resources related to poetry’.
  • Materials for Teachers
    ‘Here you’ll find poetry lesson plans, poems for kids and for teens, essays about teaching, a calendar of teaching resources for the school year, a glossary of poetry terms and more. And our lesson plans, most of which are aligned with the Common Core, have been reviewed by our Educator in Residence with an eye toward developing skills of perception and imagination’.
  • Online Resources : The Poetry Foundation
    Resources for teachers from General Poetry sites, Teacher-specific resources, Single-poet archives and Audiovisual archives. Links to other Poetry areas.
  • Poetry
    National Library of New Zealand. ‘Find out about poetry and how to use it to engage children with reading. With wordplay, humour and fresh insights into the ordinary and extraordinary, children’s poetry captures emotions and confronts serious issues’.
  • Poetry Class
    ‘Find a wide selection of poetry lesson plans and activities covering the whole spectrum of key stages, and exploring many themes and forms of poetry. Each resource has been created by our team of poet-educators and poetry-passionate teachers’.
  • Poetryclass - Teaching Resources
    ‘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. Also includes related material.
  • Poetry Styles & Techniques
    Lists multiple styles. Links to related areas.
  • Poetry Teaching Resources [Teach Starter]
    ‘An extensive collection of poetry resources to use in your primary classroom. Use one of the comprehensive poetry units to guide your students from the learning of the poetry concepts through to their completed piece of text. Use the Element of Poetry Workbook to consolidate students understanding of the concepts. Worksheets are also provided for diamante, autobiographical, colour, ballad, ode, haiku, shape, simile, limerick, cinquain and acrostic poems. Use the poetry PowerPoint teaching presentations and posters as visual aids for students throughout their work on poetry’.
  • Poetry Techniques
    ‘Alphabet poetry need not be rhythmic rather the flow of alphabet is given more importance. Here, we shall explain the different types of poems for kids’.
  • Poetry Writing Lessons for Kids
    ‘Here are many of the poetry writing lessons for children that I have created to help you become a better poet, including how to write funny poetry, poetic rhythm, poetic forms and other styles of verse, as well as lesson plans for teachers and video lessons’.
  • Rhyme Zone
    ‘Find rhymes, synonyms, adjectives and more’.
  • Strategies for Teaching Poetry : The Ultimate Guide - Just Add Students
    ‘Teaching poetry can be intimidating - for both students and teachers. But it doesn’t have to be ! This post dives into ways you can teach poetry in fun and effective ways. Read on !’
  • 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 [ Masterpieces of Japanese Culture ] is another page that looks at Japanese poetry forms.
  • 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’.
  • Writing with Writers : Poetry
    Scholastic. Project based on three poets. Levels of usage indicated. Activities from pre-writing to finishing the product and presentation.

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