Celebrate National Poetry Month!
"Poetry: the best words in the best order." -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
In 1996, the Academy of American Poets established National Poetry Month, to be celebrated during April. Join the celebration by learning about a poet, or by finding a poem that inspires or motivates you. To get started, visit the links below.
The Academy of American Poets: Find a Poet
Search the Academy's growing database (it currently includes more than 500 poets) for biographies, photos, and other information.
The Academy of American Poets: Find a Poem
Search the Academy's companion database of poems (1,200 and growing) by keyword for poem text, or browse lists of titles and/or first lines.
Representative Poetry Online: Poet Index
This terrific resource, created by RPO Editors in the Department of English at the University of Toronto Press, displays poets alphabetically and chronologically (by birth day). The Poem Index allows a user to search for a poem by title, first line, or last line.
Poetry Learning Lab, from the Poetry Foundation
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools
This outstanding resource was created by Billy Collins, Former Poet Laureate of the United States, because "Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed."
Find the full text of poems by such fine poets as Stephen Vincent Benét, Lewis Carroll, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Edward Lear, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and many more, as well as author, title and subject indexes.
Poetry Archives (from eMule.com)
This collection is searchable by author, title and first line of each poem included in the database. Other features include nice lists of "Top Classical Poems" and "Top Classical Authors ".
Ralph Fletcher: Tips for Young Writers
This terrific writer, author of Flying Solo, Spider Boy, and A Writing Kind of Day: Poems for Young Adults, among many other books, offers students great suggestions for getting started with, revising, and publishing their own writing.
Children's Poetry (from Story It: Language Arts Resources for children and their teachers)
Poetry Out Loud: Poems to Make, Watch & Hear
National Poetry Month, from infoplease
This site is loaded with links to useful information about poets and their poetry, as well as "Poetry Terms Hangman", "Name the Poet Quiz", and more.
Sites for Teachers
April is National Poetry Month! , from ReadWriteThink (International Reading Association /National Council of Teachers of English )
Scholastic Teachers: Celebrate National Poetry Month
Education Word: Poetry Month
Modern American Poetry: an Online Journal and Multimedia Companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2000) edited by Cary Nelson
Poetry Forms and Terminology
Glossary of Poetic Terms