Poetry Links


READING POETRY

How to read a poem 1

Huck Gutman, a Professor of English at The University of Vermont gives you some things think about while reading poetry.

How to read a poem 2
Here Gutman elaborates in great depth on what you might consider when interpreting poetry.

How to read a poem from the AAP
The American Academy of Poetry has some great directions for you are their site.

Tips for close reading.
Robert Matz, English professor at George Mason University came up with this list of hints about how to read something that seems difficult to comprehend. His suggestions seem like a lot of work, but remember that these poems are compact.

WRITING ABOUT POETRY

Purdue OWL

This one will help you write about poetry.

LISTENING TO POETRY

Poetry Audio Archive
The Academy keeps a complete archive of its live poetry readings and other events, dating back to 1963—much of which is available online.

A COLLECTION OF POETRY

Great Poems to Teach
Here is a list of poems for you to read, think about ans write about.

Poetry 180
This is a list of poems designed for students.

LEARN ABOUT THE LIVES OF FAMOUS POETS

About Poets
This link takes you to information on some very interesting poets.

GET HELP WITH LITERARY TERMS

Glossary of Literary Terms
This is a place to look up what words like metaphor, simile and personification mean.

Another Glossary of Lit. Terms.
It's good to have two sources of information on these things.

Poetic Forms & Techniques
There are different kinds of poems, and poets use different tricks in their poems. They have names.

Norton's Glossary
The Norton Publishing Company is famous for their anthologies of poetry. This is their glossary.

WRITING POETRY

Instant Poetry Forms
Here you can get some very structured help in forming your poem. These are like templates or fill in the blank worksheets. Even if they do not help you achieve the final product you are looking for, they will give you good practice. Do three or four and see them as warm ups.

ESSAYS ON POETRY


Can Poetry Matter? by Dana Gioia, The Atlantic Monthly

OTHER POETRY RESOURCES

Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world.

Poet Laureate
The Laureate is a poet officially appointed by the President and is often expected to compose poems for State occasions and to support and promote poetry as an art form. It is one of the highest honors a poet can get in this country.

Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation publishes of Poetry magazine. It is a nonprofit literary organization committed to celebrate poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.