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Classroom collections

Caribbean poetry

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

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Medical worlds

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

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A love of language

Poems about language and languages. 

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Haunting voices from the grave

Poems to explore what changes when you listen to a poem as well as or instead of encountering it on the page. Teachers... 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.

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

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A guide to the language of Caribbean poetry
Click here to download a pdf version of this article...

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Welcome!
Hello and welcome to the Poetry Archive. And, to our old friends, a very warm welcome back. What...

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Glossary term

Bathos

The use of language that is more elevated than seems appropriate

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... >