Master List: Learn About Poetry - Poetry Teatime
Master List: Learn About Poetry

Master List: Learn About Poetry

Want to start reading poetry with your family but aren't sure how to guide the discussion? Looking for a deep dive into complex styles or formal elements of poetry? Whether you're beginning your journey into poetry or you've been celebrating Poetry Teatimes for years, find helpful information here for learning about poetry with the whole family.

How to Read a Poem

Our guide on how to read a poem will help you understand poems both simple and complex. Learn how to slow down and discover the big picture before focusing on elements of style and form!

Part 1: Getting Started

Part 2: The Big Picture

Part 3: Poetic Language

Part 4: Find the Form

Part 5: So What?

How to Read Poetry Aloud

How to Memorize Poetry

Forms of Poetry



Concrete Poetry

Dramatic Monologue

Ekphrastic Poetry


Found Poetry

Free Verse


Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies



Verse Novel

Poetic Terms

Learn About Poetic Terms

Formal and Free Verse Poetry


Metaphor and Simile


Poetry Around the World

Asian and Pacific Poetry

Hispanic and Latin American Poetry

Irish Poetry

Italian Poetry

Japanese Poetry

Middle Eastern Poetry

Poems for Celebrations

African American History Month: Martin Luther King, Jr., and Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Langston Hughes (February)

Women's History Month (March)

National Poetry Month: here and here (April)

Asian American Heritage Month (May)

Poetry for Mother's Day

Hispanic Heritage Month: here and here (September–October)

Holiday Poetry

New Year's Poetry

Other Poetry to Read and Enjoy

Learn about Poetry Illustrations

Poetry for the Four Seasons

World Cup Soccer Poetry

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