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Learn: The Poetry Foundation


found in: language arts & literature; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

Learn is the Poetry Foundation’s revised and expanded resource for K-12 students and teachers of poetry.

Parents of Children (age 0-12) will find articles about children’s poetry, poems, and videos. The editors have compiled Essential Children’s Collection, anthologies of contemporary, classic, out-of-print, poems with audio, and poetry written by children. In one video, Ziggy Marley reads Claude McKay’s “The Tropics in New York” (1:12).

Teens (13-18) will find articles for students, such as an excerpt from Edward Hirsch’s book How To Read A Poem that presents 16 strategies for reading poems. Each strategy links to examples of poems in Poetry Foundation’s archive to illustrate points. This section have also gathered poems for teens and Poets 101s that features biographies and a poem sampler, for example, Sylvia Plath.

Adults is aimed at higher ed students and adults but could be a resource for AP lit students. It has articles, essays on poetic theory, poem guides, and podcasts. A 1988 recording of Jane Kenyon (9:58) is currently featured.

Educators contains poem guides, essays on poetic theory, articles for teachers, like Against Slogging: Engaging Poetry in the Classroom and by teachers, like Ten Poems I Love to Teach. Essays on Poetic Theory is an anthology of more than 55 famous essays written by poets and critics from Plato (380 BC) to Brenda Hillman (2006) arranged in reverse chronological order.

In the Glossary of Poetic Terms, students can search for specific terms or browse terms in their entirety, or restrict by forms & types, rhythm & meter, schools & periods, techniques & figures of speech, theory & criticism.

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