The Art of Writing Poetry

For all its lofty reputation, poetry is really just the art of noticing, naming, and comparing the stuff of this world. Unlike the eye of modern science, which sees the world as a giant specimen to be dissected, poetry fosters and nurtures by finding wonder in the nooks and crannies of ordinary life. In this imaginative introductory guide for junior high and high school students, the art of poetry becomes approachable and doable. Focusing on the importance of sight and the necessity of practice, this guide helps students discover the joy of words and see how good poetry can bind contradictory things together. Students will gain an understanding of the basics of writing poetry and an appreciation for the awesome world in which we live. 190 pages, softcover. Grades 7 and up.

Grammar of Poetry

The Art of Poetry

  1. Poetry for the Primary Stage:  Anthology
    Cheryl Lowe
    Memoria Press / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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    Memoria Press / 2018 / Trade Paperback
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  3. Poetry for the Grammar Stage Student  Guide (3rd Edition)
    Dayna Grant, Laura Bateman
    Memoria Press / 2018 / Trade Paperback
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    Dayna Grant, Laura Bateman
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James Stobaugh Literary Analysis

Progeny Press Poetry Study Guide

Poetry, in many ways, defies definition. Poetry asks us to slow down, sit still, and think. Using three short poetry anthologies, this guide examines more than 40 poems and their forms and elements. As students read and study each poem, they will conduct research, complete timelines, and write couplets, haikus, limericks, parodies, sonnets, ballads, and free verse. A reading list is included that provides recommendations of additional poems by the authors that are studied. The format is ideal for homeschoolers: the large 8.5x11 printed workbook format is convenient to read, easy on the eyes, and easy to transport from car to home. Plus, every question has plenty of whitespace for student's answers, which encourages neat and clean handwriting practice. A removable answer key is also included for the teacher. Grades 8-12.

In this Intro to Poetry Progeny Press study guide students will learn about the following concepts:

  • Types of poetry: Narrative poems, lyric poems, dramatic poems.
  • Elements of poetry: Lines, stanzas, words, sounds, rhymes, slant rhymes, common meter, poetic feet, iambic tetrameter, iambic trimester, and analogies.
  • Forms of poetry: sonnets, octaves, sestets, couplets, villanelles, blank verse, haikus, ballads, limericks, free verse, and more.
  • Literary Techniques: denotation, connotation, diction, alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, and more.
  • Themes: praying, loving our neighbor, materialism, time, hypocrisy, grace, contentment, authority, and hope.

PLEASE NOTE: the poetry books 100 Best-Loved Poems, 101 Great American Poems, and Great Short Poems are required and must be purchased separately.

IEW Poetry Memorization

Resources for Reading and Writing Poetry

Poetry for Copywork and Reading Skills

  1. Perfect Poems For Teaching Phonics
    Scholastic Trade / 1999 / Trade Paperback
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  2. Sight Word Poetry Pages
    Rozanne Lanczak Williams
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  3. Child's Garden of Verses Copywork  Notebook Grades K-3 (Printed Edition)
    Cyndi Kinney, Pamela Sutton
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Poems for Building Reading Skills PDFs

  1. The Poet and the Professor: Poems  for Building Reading Skills: Level 1 - PDF Download [Download]This is a digital download product
    Timothy Rasinski, Karen McGuigan Brothers
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    Timothy Rasinski, Karen McGuigan Brothers
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    Timothy Rasinski, Karen McGuigan Brothers
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    Timothy Rasinski, Brod Bagert
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Poetry for Young People Series

Phillis Wheatley, Poet

Phillis Wheatley was the first Black woman-poet in America, with her book of verses published in 1774. Kidnapped and sold as a slave in Boston, her bright mental agility quickly became apparent. Her mistress had her educated, and as a teenager, Phillis began publishing poems to ever-increasing fame. Freed after a return trip from England, Phillis continued to write until her death, forever leaving a mark upon American literature. Here is a poignant retelling of defining moments in the life of Phillis Wheatley, paired with beautiful full-color illustrations that enhance the narrative and encourage thoughtful discussion. 38 pages, softcover. Ages 8-12.

Emily Dickinson, Poet

  1. Emily Dickinson
    Emily Dickinson
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  2. The Selected Poems of Emily  Dickinson
    Emily Dickinson
    Random House / 2000 / Trade Paperback
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  3. Emily Dickinson's Selected Poems
    Emily Dickinson
    Dover Publications / 1991 / Trade Paperback
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  4. Selected Poems and Letters of Emily  Dickinson
    Emily Dickinson
    Random House / 1990 / Trade Paperback
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Walt Whitman, Poet

Who was Walt Whitman? What is he best remembered for?

This engaging biography covers Whitman's life, including his childhood, his travels as a young man, and his most famous work Leaves of Grass. Many illustrations and clear text provide a clear portrait of the life of this beloved American literary figure. 112 pages, softcover. Ages 8-12 / Grades 2-7.

Shel Silverstein, Poet

  1. A Light In The Attic
    Shel Silverstein
    HarperCollins / 1981 / Hardcover
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  2. Falling Up Special Edition
    Shel Silverstein
    HarperCollins / 2015 / Hardcover
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  3. Every Thing On It
    Shel Silverstein
    HarperCollins / 2011 / Hardcover
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    Shel Silverstein
    HarperCollins / 2008 / Hardcover
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Hannah More, Poet

One of the few female leaders within the Evangelical movement of the nineteenth century, Hannah More was instrumental in an astonishing number of reforms in her day: education for women and the poor, reform of morals and manners in high society and low, and especially--along with close friend William Wilberforce--the abolition of Great Britain's slave trade. Little known today, she was once a household name--bestselling poet and playwright, friend of the famous, practical philanthropist, and moral conscience of a nation.

Karen Swallow Prior's insightful biography shines new and fascinating light on Hannah More and the times in which she lived--introducing a new generation to the life and works of the woman who changed history with the power of her pen and her personality. Hardcover.

Anne Bradstreet, Poet

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    Katie Munday Williams
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  2. Beyond Stateliest Marble: The  Passionate Femininity of Anne Bradstreet
    Douglas Wilson
    Cumberland House / 2001 / Hardcover
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  3. 5 Puritan Women: Portraits of Faith  and Love
    Jenny-Lyn de Klerk
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    Tim Chester
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Poetry for Children

Poetry Anthologies

  1. The Ballad of the White Horse
    G.K. Chesterton
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  2. Favorite Poems, Old and New
    Helen Ferris
    Doubleday / 1957 / Hardcover
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  3. The Mentor Book of Major American  Poets
    Oscar Williams
    NAL / 1972 / Trade Paperback
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  4. The Vintage Book of African American  Poetry
    Random House / 2000 / Trade Paperback
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Everyman's Library Anthologies eBooks

  1. Shakespeare Poems - eBookThis product is an eBook
    William Shakespeare
    Everyman's Library / 2012 / ePub
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  2. Frost: Poems - eBookThis product is an eBook
    Robert Frost
    Everyman's Library / 2012 / ePub
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  3. Milton: Poems: Pocket Poets - eBookThis product is an eBook
    John Milton
    Everyman's Library / 2012 / ePub
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  4. Shelley: Poems - eBookThis product is an eBook
    Percy Shelley
    Everyman's Library / 2014 / ePub
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