What’s a ballad? The word might make you think of sad songs about leaving your true love with only a suitcase and your guitar, but ballads are actually some of the oldest forms of poetry and trace back to the Middle Ages. So get ready for some songs and tales as we learn about ballads!
Today is our chance to get into the element that makes a poem look so different from other types of writing: its form. We’ll be looking at line breaks, enjambment, and all sorts of delightful poetic play! So buckle up and get your building blocks ready for some fun with form!
February is Black History Month in the United States, celebrating the achievements of African Americans and remembering the ongoing history of racial tension in the US. Today, we would like to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., and his achievements for Civil Rights in the US as well as highlighting a wonderful poetry book about Dr. King that is worth adding to your bookshelves.
Last week in part one of our series on how to read a poem, we discussed taking a glance over the poem and then reading it out loud. Today, we’ll start to dive into the real work of reading a poem: understanding what it says.
Are you intimidated by the thought of reading poetry? Do you want to learn more tips and techniques for reading it as a family? We are starting a new series at Poetry Teatime on how to read a poem. Today, we'll be talking about the very first things you can do when you start to read a poem.
Happy New Year to everyone! To celebrate the day, let's take a look at a classic poem traditionally associated with New Year's Day: "Auld Lang Syne," written down by Scottish poet Robert Burns and based on traditional Scottish lyrics and melody.
Here at Poetry Teatime, we spend a lot of time talking about poetry. But how exactly do you read a poem? In the new year, we’re going to start a series called "How to Read a Poem" that will give you some simple tools to help you tackle any poem you come across. Today, though, we're going to start small by taking a look at the two basic types of poetry: formal and free verse.