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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  2. Poetry for the Grammar Stage  Anthology (3rd Edition)
    Cheryl Lowe
    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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  4. Poetry for the Grammar Stage Teacher  Guide (3rd Edition)
    Dayna Grant, Laura Bateman
    Memoria Press / 2018 / Trade Paperback
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James Stobaugh Literary Analysis

Bright Ideas Press Poetry Curriculum Download

When you look at a poem, what do you see? When you listen to a poem, what do you hear? When you write a poem, what picture do you create? Poetry is the art of carefully selecting and shaping words to paint a picture or create a feeling. A Young Scholar's Guide to Poetry provides a close-up look at poets through the ages and provides the opportunity to interact with their work through the concepts of Structure, Genre, and Language. By exploring a range of poetic techniques & devices, students will be able to both read and create poetry with understanding and meaning. With a 3-day weekly schedule, 32 lessons include biographies of famous poets, explanations of key poetic devices, easy-to-use timeline and maps, poet info-cards and game directions, poetic device cards, poetry puzzle cards, student reviews, answer keys, coloring pages, poetry reading and resource list, and more. A code for downloadable Companion Guide that includes lesson reviews and worksheets, and more. Adaptable for high school as part of a credit to an English course or use as a full-year literature course for Grades 3 - 8. 256 pages, PDF download.

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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Anne Bradstreet, Poet

  1. Poet, Pilgrim, Rebel: The Story of  Anne Bradstreet, America's First Published Poet
  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
  4. Into His Presence: Praying with the  Puritans
    Tim Chester
    Good Book Company / 2022 / Hardcover
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Hannah More, Poet

Phillis Wheatley, Poet

Phillis Wheatley Biography Ages 8-12

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.

  1. Freedom's Pen: A Story Based on the Life of Freed Slave and Author Phillis Wheatley - eBookThis product is an eBook
  2. A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet
    Kathryn Lasky
    Candlewick Press / 2012 / Trade Paperback
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  3. Phillis Wheatley
    Simonetta Carr
    Reformation Heritage Books / 2021 / Hardcover
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  4. Complete Writings
    Phillis Wheatley
    Penguin Classics / 2001 / Trade Paperback
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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

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    Walt Whitman, Bob Blaisdell
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  3. Famous Authors: The Life and Work of  Walt Whitman
    TMW Media Group / 2019 / DVD
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Robert Frost, Poet

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    Robert Frost
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    Robert Frost
    MoonDance Press / 2017 / Hardcover
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    Robert Frost
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  4. The Road Not Taken and Other Poems
    Robert Frost
    Dover Publications / 1993 / Trade Paperback
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Langston Hughes, Poet

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    Langston Hughes
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    Langston Hughes
    Atheneum Books for Young Readers / 2008 / Hardcover
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  3. Poems
    Langston Hughes, David Roessel
    Random House / 1999 / Hardcover
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    Langston Hughes
    Random House / 1990 / Trade Paperback
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Maya Angelou, Poet

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    Maya Angelou
    Random House / 1995 / Hardcover
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  2. Poems: Just Give Me a Cool Drink of  Water 'Fore I Diiie/Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well/And Still I Rise/Shaker, Why D
    Maya Angelou
    Bantam / 1996 / Mass Paperback
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    Ellen Labrecque
    Penguin Workshop / 2016 / Trade Paperback
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    Maya Angelou
    Ballantine Books / 2009 / Trade Paperback
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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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Poetry for Children

Poetry Anthologies

  1. The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems
    Compiled by Jackie Morris
    Barefoot Books / 2018 / Hardcover
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  2. The Ballad of the White Horse
    G.K. Chesterton
    Dover Publications / Trade Paperback
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  3. Favorite Poems, Old and New
    Helen Ferris
    Doubleday / 1957 / Hardcover
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  4. The Mentor Book of Major American  Poets

Everyman's Library Anthologies eBooks

  1. Shakespeare Poems - eBookThis product is an eBook
    William Shakespeare
    Everyman's Library / 2012 / ePub
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    Robert Frost
    Everyman's Library / 2012 / ePub
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    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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