Classroom collections

Next Generation Poets 2014

The Next Generation Poets List is collated once every ten years by the Poetry Book Society.  The 20 featured...

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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.  >

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 >

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 poetry every day!
Here at the Poetry Archive we believe that poetry should be celebrated every...

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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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Glossary term


A figure of speech in which two terms appear to contradict each other.

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... >