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Classroom collections

Gothic poetry

Classic and modern Gothic poems ideal for a scheme of work.  Use these to explore the Gothic genre, to...

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Back to school poems

Poems that deal with the subject of school and education. Great way to the start a new academic year!...

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AQA prescribed poets (unseen poetry)

Contemporary and literary heritage poets for assessment in Unit 2 Section B. 

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WWI Poetry

In this centenary year of the First World War you might want to introduce your students to the following poetic responses... read more >

Caribbean poetry

These poems are all mentioned in our Guide to the Language of Caribbean Poetry. Use this collection as the basis for a... read more >

Medical worlds

Poems about catastrophic illness: doctors, diseases, hospitals, waiting and what Lawrence pinpoints as "... read more >

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In the classroom

Information and resources to aid in the teaching of poetry. Plus some explanation on how to get the most out of this section.

Celebrate National Poetry Day with the Poetry Archive
Here at the Poetry Archive we believe that poetry...

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Poetry by Heart competition
Poetry By Heart is a pioneering national competition designed to encourage...

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Listening to poetry
Poetry was an oral art form before it became textual. Homer's work lived through...

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New in Teach Poetry

A guide to the language of Caribbean poetry

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Glossary term

Limerick

A five-line poem, almost always humorous, and frequently rude. Its rhyme scheme is aabba, with the first, second and last lines having three stresses and the third and fourth lines having two.

Daljit Nagra

From time to time a poet is in residence at the Poetry Archive, talking about poetry with anyone who wants to join in the conversation.

Comic Verse

I'm troubled, as you can tell by my introduction, about comic verse. Comic verse gets bad press because rigid notions of comedy foreground throwaway poems. Surely the best comedy is when the poem surprises us into laughter rather than setting up t... >