(Updated on 03/04/2016)


  • The Rubaiyat: History's most luxurious book of poetry - 11 January 2018
    "In 1909, two London bookbinders were commissioned to create a book that would become one of the most bedazzling the world had beheld. Joobin Bekhrad reveals how it ended up at the bottom of the Atlantic – and how it still influences today."


    "Oscar Wilde described the Rubáiyát as a “masterpiece of art”,
    placing it alongside Shakespeare’s sonnets as one of his greatest literary loves."

  • Listed: Poems inspired by paintings
    "A selection of 10 great poems and the paintings that inspired them."


    Edwin Romanzo Elmer's Mourning Picture, 1890,
    inspired Adrienne Rich's 1965 poem of the same title



  • Lost Generation - a poem by Jonathan Reed
    "Read the message, then read it again in reverse.
    Which generation do you belong in?"


    "Jonathan Reed won second place in AARP's U@50 video contest launched in 2007. 
    Contestants were asked to create 2-minute video describing their vision of the future; what life would be like by the time they turned 50.
    Reed was inspired by the Argentinian political advertisement "The Truth"
  • Library of Congress: Poetry (Library of Congress)
    - "transcripts from live chat sessions, a primary source set that includes images, newspaper articles, written drafts, oral history interviews, original play manuscripts to help teach a "found poetry" activity, lesson plans, bibliography, and a long list of online resources especially for teachers, plus another list especially for students." (Education World)



    • The Contemplator's Short History of Broadside Ballads
      "Printed folk music was extremely popular for more than four hundred years, beginning in the sixteenth century.
      Words to popular songs were printed on sheets of varying lengths. They came to be known as broadsides...
      'Death and the Lady' was printed on a broadside by J. Deacon sometime between 1683 and 1700.
      It was printed as 'The Great Messenger of Mortality, or a Dialogue betwixt Death and a Lady'."

      "The four concluding lines of the present copy of DEATH AND THE LADY are found inscribed on tomb-stones
      in village church-yards in every part of England" :
      "The grave's the market-place where all men meet,
      Both rich and poor, as well as small and great.
      If life were merchandise that gold could buy,
      The rich would live, the poor alone would die."


      "A haughty rich young lady tries to buy off Death when he comes
      to claim her, but Death shows "no respect."'


    • Ancient Poems, Ballads and Songs of the Peasantry of England

    • Broadside (music)
      "Printed lyrics of popular songs were extremely popular from the 16th century until the early 20th century.
      They were commonly known as broadsides or broadsheets..."


    • Broadsides in the 1500s(Wikipedia)

    • 'Death and the Lady' - a broadside ballad
      'Fair Lady, throw those costly robes aside,
      No longer may you glory in your pride;
      Take leave of all your carnal vain delight,
      I'm come to summon you away this night.'

      'What bold attempt is this? Pray let me know
      From whence you come, and whither I must go.
      Shall I, who am a lady, stoop or bow
      To such a pale-faced visage? Who art thou?'


      "This ballad is structured as a dialogue between Death and a woman, and is clearly intended for moral instruction.
      The implication is that the woman has led an extravagant, sinful life, and death has caught her before she has had the chance to reflect and pursue a more Christian lifestyle.
      The fact that this heavy-handed lesson is aimed specifically at women illustrates the Calvinist, paternalistic, sometimes misogynistic moral codes that prevailed in Scottish society of the time..."


  • How to encourage your learners to write a poem about the topic of 'Me and my Life'


  • Floating World
    "Here you'll find original fiction and verse, a certain admixture of meaningless gibberish and a stupid cartoon strip,
    all wrapped up with a classical MIDI soundtrack, plus a soundfont called Sinfonia for those who use such things."

  • Poetry For Kids
    - with Ken Nesbitt's Books, Poetry Lessons, Poetry Games, Rhyming Dictionary...


  • Poetry Foundation (
    "A good starting point is the Archive, where thousands of poems can be searched by poet, title, theme, and occasion.
    The archive also features high-quality recordings of poems, interviews with poets, and documentaries as well as cartoons
    that address the subject of poetry. Included are list of lists such as most popular poets, most popular poems,
    poems to read to children, etc. The features section includes articles on poets, poetry, culture, guidebooks, and children.
    Visitors will also find poetry best sellers, book picks and links to poetry sites around the Web in the publishing section.
    Dispatches include recent news, a photo archive of poetry in the landscape, and a slide show of historically significant anthologies."
    (Education World)


  • Types of Poetry
    Acrostic / Ballad / Cinquain / Clarity Pyramid / Clerihew / Diamante / Didactic / Epic / Epigram / Epitaph / Fable /Free Verse / Haiku / Kyrielle / Kyrielle Sonnet/ Limerick / Monody / Monorhyme / Naani / Ode / Palindrome / Pantoum / Paradelle / Quatrain / Rictameter / Sestina / Senryu / Shape Poetry / Song / Sonnet / Tanka / Tetractys / Tongue / Tyburn Villanelle -----
    "Each definition has an example of each particular type of poetry for better understanding."



  • Riddle Poems- What Am I? - Teaching Poetry through Riddles (
    - ex :
    "The beginning of eternity,
    The end of time and space,
    The beginning of every end,
    And the end of every place."

  • Songs & Poems
    Seasons - Special Days - Animals - Vegetation - Food - Family & Friends - Language Arts - Math - At School...
  • GIGGLE POETRY - easy poems to read and learn (


  • Poetry 180 (The Library of Congress) - List of Poems and Authors (
  • Edgar Allan Poe, 1845. THE RAVEN ( - You can listen to it. (
  • I wandered lonely as a cloud

    by William Wordsworth (Read and listen) - (
    "For oft, when on my couch I lie
    In vacant or in pensive mood,
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bliss of solitude;
    And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils."

    William Wordsworth, British poet


  • No ( + No (
    "This poem by Thomas Hood takes a negative view of winter in a cold, urban climate, but expresses it with a nice sense of humour."
    (about November = a humorous complaint!)



  • Poem : And Now You're Mine (YouTube)
    by Andy Garcia. Adapted from the poem "Son De Negros En Cuba" by Federico Garcia Lorca.
    read by Andy Garcia and Julia Roberts, from the soundtrack of the movie 'The Postman'