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Teaching Poetry

You can't train a Milton. Some people are born great poets and some are not. You can, however, teach almost anyone to appreciate and understand poetry, and by so doing help to broaden their horizons immeasurably.

Poetry analysis should be part of any high school literature course, though introducing it as a subject earlier is a good idea. While poetry remains one of the least read literary genres, it is arguably the most important. It certainly takes the most effort to understand, written as it often is in an obscure and highly metaphorical style. Because of this, a grasp of its essential elements will lead to a level of analytical proficiency students who don't study poetry will likely never attain.

There are a lot of approaches to the study of poetry. Some prefer to learn only the formal elements and to construct a completely objective standard for judging a poem's worth, mostly on a technical level. Others pursue the soul of poetry and dwell on its beauty and spiritual value. Some like to focus on analysis of existing poems, others like to guide students in drafting their own.

The best approach is a balance of these extremes. To understand and fully appreciate good poetry one needs to be familiar with the formal elements, just as one needs to have a handle on poetic diction and metaphor to be affected by the beauty of a well-crafted line. As far as analyzing and writing poetry, for most people the former is enough, though trying to pen some verse of your own is a good way to get a feel for the poetry of others.

Our collection of books on the topic represents all of these approaches. Most provide a more or less balanced course, each with their own strengths. Any introduction that doesn't include at least a passage concerning the beauty of poetry is insufficient. After all, the study of poetry isn't just an academic one—it is ultimately a spiritual and an aesthetic one.

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Art of Poetry
by Christine Perrin
from Classical Academic Press
for 7th-12th grade
$24.95
Art of Poetry - DVD
by Christine Perrin
from Classical Academic Press
for 7th-12th grade
$89.95
Art of Poetry - DVD Bundle
by Christine Perrin
from Classical Academic Press
for 7th-12th grade
$124.58
Art of Poetry - Teacher's Edition
by Christine Perrin
from Classical Academic Press
for 7th-12th grade
$29.95 $20.00 (1 in stock)
Discovering Poetry
by Elizabeth Drew
from W. W. Norton and Co.
for 9th-Adult
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Grammar of Poetry
Imitation in Writing Series
by Matt Whitling
from Logos School
Writing Curriculum for 5th-12th grade
$14.00 (1 in stock)
Grammar of Poetry
Imitation in Writing Series
by Matt Whitling
from Canon Press
Writing Curriculum for 5th-12th grade
$22.00
Grammar of Poetry - DVD
Imitation in Writing Series
by Matt Whitling
from Roman Roads Media
Writing Curriculum for 5th-12th grade
$85.00
Grammar of Poetry - DVD Bundle
by Matt Whitling
from Canon Press
for 6th-9th grade
$104.80
Grammar of Poetry - Teacher Edition
Imitation in Writing Series
by Matt Whitling
2nd edition from Canon Press
Writing Curriculum for 5th-12th grade
$24.00
Haiku
by R. H. Blyth
from Hokuseido
for 9th-12th grade
$3.50 (1 in stock)
How to Read a Poem
by Burton Raffel
from Meridian Book
for 11th-Adult
$15.00 $9.00 (1 in stock)
Introduction to Poetry - Guide CD
Progeny Press Literature Guides
by Judy Cook
from Progeny Press
for 8th-12th grade
$18.99
Introduction to Poetry - Progeny Press Guide
Progeny Press Literature Guides
by Judy Cook
from Progeny Press
for 8th-12th grade
$24.99
Knock at a Star
by X. J. Kennedy and Dorothy M. Kennedy
from Little, Brown and Co.
Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization
by Andrew Pudewa
from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 2nd-10th grade
$70.00
Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization - Book Only
by Andrew Pudewa
from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 2nd-10th grade
$29.00
Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization - CDs Only
by Andrew Pudewa
from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 2nd-10th grade
$41.00 $28.00 (1 in stock)
Memoria Press Poetry & Short Stories
from Memoria Press
for 7th grade
$19.95
Memoria Press Poetry & Short Stories - Student Guide
from Memoria Press
for 7th grade
$14.95
Memoria Press Poetry & Short Stories - Teacher Guide
from Memoria Press
for 7th grade
$16.95
Memoria Press Poetry for the Grammar Stage - Student Book
from Memoria Press
for 3rd-6th grade
$14.95
Memoria Press Poetry for the Grammar Stage - Teacher Book
from Memoria Press
for 3rd-6th grade
$10.00
Memoria Press Poetry II
from Memoria Press
for 8th-12th grade
$19.95
Memoria Press Poetry III
from Memoria Press
for 8th-12th grade
$19.95
Painless Poetry
by Mary Elizabeth
from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 7th-9th grade
$6.00 (3 in stock)
Perrine's Sound and Sense
by Greg Johnson, Thomas R. Arp
10th edition from Thomson Learning
for 9th-12th grade
$8.50 (1 in stock)
Poem of the Week
from Scholastic Inc.
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Poems to Grow On
by Fearon Teacher Aids, Mabel Chandler Duch
from Fearon Teacher Aids
for Preschool-3rd grade
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Poetry in Three Dimensions Book 1
by Alison Draper, Carol Clark
Workbook from Educators Publishing Service
for 7th-9th grade
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Poetry Matters
by Ralph Fletcher
1st edition from HarperCollins
for 3rd-6th grade
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Poetry Patterns & Themes
by Orndorf
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 4th-6th grade
$14.99
Poetry Primer
Imitation in Writing Series
by Matt Whitling
from Logos School
Poetry Curriculum for 4th-8th grade
$20.00 $14.00 (1 in stock)
Poetry Primer - Teacher Edition
Imitation in Writing Series
by Matt Whitling
from Logos School
Poetry Curriculum for 4th-8th grade
$10.00 $7.00 (1 in stock)
Poetry Writing
by Jodene Smith
from Teacher Created Resources
for 1st-3rd grade
$6.50 (1 in stock)
Poetry Writing Handbook
by Greta B. Lipson
1st edition from Lorenz Books
for 4th-6th grade
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Poetry: Taking Its Course
by Mary Harwell Sayler
for 7th-10th grade
$9.50 (1 in stock)
Power of Poems
by Margriet Ruurs
from Maupin House Publishing
for 4th-8th grade
$6.50 (1 in stock)
Read and Understand Poetry 2-3
by Michael Ryall
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 2nd-3rd grade
$17.99
Read and Understand Poetry 3-4
by Michael Ryall
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 3rd-4th grade
$17.99 $10.00 (2 in stock)
Read and Understand Poetry 4-5
by Michael Ryall
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 4th-5th grade
$17.99 $10.00 (2 in stock)
Read and Understand Poetry 5-6
by Jill Norris, Linda Armstrong
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 5th-6th grade
$17.99
Roar on the Other Side
by Suzanne U. Rhodes
from Canon Press
for 7th-Adult
$12.50
Sleeping on the Wing
by Kate Farrell, Kenneth Koch
1st edition from Vintage Classics
for 10th-Adult
$4.50 (2 in stock)
Sound and Sense
by Greg Johnson, Thomas R. Arp
13th edition from Wadsworth Publishing Company
for 7th-10th grade
Teaching 10 Fabulous Forms of Poetry
by Paul Janeczro
1st edition from Teaching Resources
for 4th-8th grade
$6.50 (1 in stock)
Versification: A Short Introduction
by James McAuley
from Michigan State University Press
for 9th-12th grade
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Writing Poetry with Children
by Jo Ellen Moore
Revised Edition from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 1st-6th grade
$14.99 $10.00 (1 in stock)
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