Poetry & Poets, A-D

This page has links for specific poets. Lesson plans and activities related to specific poetry forms or poetic structure can be found on the Poetry Forms page. Poetry no longer under copyright can be found on the Poetry Collections page. Copyright restrictions may prevent contemporary poetry from being available online.

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Lesson on "Immigrant" by Fleur Adcock
This lesson includes an audio file of Adcock reading the poem. This advantage becomes especially clear when she reads the final line of the poem.

At this site find the text of the poem, an audio file of Fleur Adcock reading it, and an audio file of her discussing the circumstances surrounding the poem. Find also a copy of "Old Man" by Edward Thomas to coompare with Adcock's poem, and other links related to Adcock.

The Palm of my Heart: Poetry by African American Children, edited by Davida Adedjouma
Prereading activities, vocabulary words, discussion and lit circle questions, reader response prompts, ESL and interdisciplinary projects.

Sherman Alexie
Biography and teaching materials.

"Tonight" by Agha Shahid Ali
Text of the poem, critical commentary, audio and video versions, and links to other poems by Ali.

Maya Angelou
Links to a little online poetry, critical essays, interviews.

Simon Armitage
Teaching resources for "Homecoming," "I've made out a will; I've left myself," and "Kid." Don't miss the videos.

Matthew Arnold
Lesson plans and activities for teaching "Dover Beach" and other poems.

>"Pardoxes and Oxymorons" by John Ashbery
Text of the poem, writing ideas, discussion questions, and teaching tips.

W. H. Auden
Lesson plans and teaching strategies for "Musée des Beaux Arts," more.

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Teaching resources.

Wendell Berry
Links to poems, criticism.

Linda Bierds: "The Ghost Trio"
Critical commentary. Click on the tab for a copy of the poem.

Elizabeth Bishop
Lesson plans, biography, links to some poems.

William Blake
Lesson plans and online texts.

"A Tale" by Louise Bogan
Teaching tips, discussion questions, and writing ideas. Click on the "Poem Guide" tab for critical commentary.

Suggestions for Reading and Studying Eavan Boland
Texts of poems, focus questions, related texts, suggestions for writing. This 16-page document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.

Anne Bradstreet
Lesson plans and teaching strategies.

Rupert Brooke
Biography and 5 links to poems, including "A Channel Passage."

Gwendolyn Brooks
Lesson plans and teaching resources for "We Real Cool" and other poems.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Lesson plans for "How do I Love Thee?" and other poems.

Robert Browning
Lesson ideas for the poetry of Robert Browning, including the dramatic monologues and others.

William Cullen Bryant
Lesson plans for "Thanatopsis," more.

Robert Burns
Lesson plans and suggestions for hosting a Burns Night celebration.

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"Caedmon's Hymn" (author unknown)
Listen to the poem in Old English. Requires MP3 software for access.

John Ciardi
Brief biography and text of "White Heron," "Suburban," and "Men Marry What They Need."

John Clare
Lesson plans and teaching resources.

Gillian Clarke
Teaching resources for "Catrin," "Cold Knap Lake," and "The Field Mouse." Don't miss the videos.

Lucille Clifton
Links to lesson plans and other teaching resources.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Ideas for teaching "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and other works.

Billy Collins
Lesson plans and teaching resources.

Stephen Crane
Links to poetry and prose, teaching ideas.

1900 America: Historical Voices, Poetic Visions
Using Walt Whitman's Song of Myself (1855) and Hart Crane's The Bridge, students examine the historical context of poetry, analyze American life at the turn of the 20th century, and explore poetic technique. Technology is integrated into this lesson.

"Any Human to Another" by Countee Cullen
Writing prompt and assessment rubric. Access requires MS-Word or compatible application.

Countee Cullen
Brief biography and text of "Yet Do I Marvel," "Tableau," "Incident," and "To John Keats, Poet, at Spring Time."

"Yet Do I Marvel" vocabulary
16 words from the poem presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, synonyms, examples of use, more.

e e cummings
Links to poems, lesson ideas.

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"Blackbottom" by Toi Derricotte
Watch the 3-minute video of the poet reading her poem. Scroll down for analysis and discussion questions.

Emily Dickinson Teaching Resources
A collection of suggestions for teaching about Dickinson.

John Donne
Lesson plans and activities for the poetry and meditations.

"Brian, Age 7" by Mark Doty
The poet introduces and reads the poem in this 2 1/2-minute captioned video. Scroll down for analysis and discussion questions.

Rita Dove
Biography, lesson plans, and texts of some poems.

Carol Ann Duffy
Teaching resources for "Before You Were Mine," "Stealing," and "We Remember Your Childhood Well." Don't miss the videos.

Paul Laurence Dunbar
Biography, lesson plans and activities for a variety of poems.