Classroom Materials

Listening to poetry

Poetry was an oral art form before it became textual. Homer's work lived through the spoken word long before any markings were made on a page. Hearing a poet reading his or her work remains uniquely illuminating. It helps us to understand the work as well as helping us to enjoy it.

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A guide to the language of Caribbean poetry

English is the official language of all the Caribbean territories which were colonized by Britain.   However, the everyday usage of most Caribbean speakers differs from Standard English (SE) to a greater or lesser degree.

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Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the Poetry Archive. And, to our old friends, a very warm welcome back. What you’re looking at now is a revamped version of the site, and I want to introduce it to you by saying I hope you enjoy what you see and hear as much as we’ve enjoyed providing it.

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Poetry, Creativity, Multimodality

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Links to poetry resources for teaching and learning

Academy of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets website contains essays, interviews, biographies, poems and many other resources.

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How to get the best out of the Poetry Archive

Tip 1

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Poetry moments

The Poetry Archive is primarily about listening, and classroom activities around poetry need not always involve students doing their own writing - there are plenty of other ways of responding to a poem.

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Invite a poet

Finding a poet

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Create a listening atmosphere

What about visuals?

When concentration levels are low and your class is restless, something visual - whether it's a photograph, a sketch, a diagram on the whiteboard - can help support learning.

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Glossary term

Enjambment

The continuation of a sentence or clause over a line-break.

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