Poetry & Poets, E-H

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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"I Grant You Ample Leave" by George Eliot
Text of the poem and critical commentary.

T. S. Eliot
Links to biography, online texts, and lesson plans for The Waste Land, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and more.

"Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper" by Martin Espada
In this short video, the poet reads his poem. Scroll down for discussion questions and analysis. The video is captioned and downloadable.

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"The Answer" by Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea
Text of the poem and critical commentary.

Robert Frost
Lesson plans and activities for various poems by Frost.

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Swimming Upstream by Kristine George
This page offers a companion guide of writing activities, a discussion guide, and an audio file of poetry.

Allen Ginsberg
The Allen Ginsberg Trust offers biography, lectures, interview, audio and video clips, and photographs.

Allen Ginsberg: Poetry and Politics
Students will read one or more of Ginsberg's poems, will read about the work of other Beat writers, and will investigate the larger social and political climate in which they lived. Students will conduct internet and/or library research to address their own questions about Ginsberg, the Beat movement, and the turbulent social and historical context of the Sixties. This standards-based unit is part of the American Masters series.

Poetry on Film: Interpreting "Howl" in the 21st Century
Students consider a film about Allen Ginsberg’s "Howl," study the poem and express their ideas about poetry, their generation and life in writing and on film.

Nikki Giovanni
Teaching ideas and links to poems.

"The Red Poppy" by Louise Glück
Text of the poem and audio file of the poet reading it.

Louise Glück: Online Resources
A collection of biography, interviews, and a few recordings of the poet reading.

Oliver Goldsmith, "The Village Schoolmaster"
Background, analysis, and ideas for responding to the poem.

Cool Melons — Turn to Frogs! by Matthew Gollub
This teacher's guide includes summary and background, prereading questions, vocabulary, reader response questions, strategies for ESL and interdisciplinary connections.

Nikki Grimes
Links to ideas for teaching children's poetry and books.

Poetry Pairing: "For My Wife Cutting My Hair" by Bruce Guernsey
This page includes the text of the poem and an article about a man going to a barber for the first time since his wife left him.

The Poetry of Woody Guthrie: Guided Reading Mini-Lesson
Designed for grades 3-6, this lesson focuses on "This Land is Your Land" to develop vocabulary and reading and writing fluency.

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"The Nineteenth Century as a Song" by Robert Hass
Text of the poem and critical commentary.

Donald Hall
Biography, poetry, and the children's book, Ox-Cart Man.

Thomas Hardy
Lesson plans and resources for teaching poetry and prose.

"Remember" by Joy Harjo
A hypertext presentation of the poem.

Robert Hayden
Lesson ideas for "Those Winter Sundays," more.

Seamus Heaney
Biography, background, and links to teaching ideas.

George Herbert
Biography, background, and links to teaching ideas.

Robert Herrick
Links to biography, poetry, and criticism.

Poet Reflects on Economic Hardships in Michigan
In a 4:36 downloadable video, poet Bob Hicok discusses his experience in auto manufacturing, reflects on current economic situations, and reads "In These Times." Scroll down for a handout with anticipation and discussion questions.

"Calling him back from layoff" by Bob Hicok
The poet reads his poem in a 2-minute captioned video. Scroll down for discussion questions and analysis.

"For What Binds Us" by Jane Hirshfield
A short captioned video of the poet reading her poem. Scroll down for discussion questions and background analysis.

"A Partial History of My Stupidity" by Edward Hirsch
A short video of the poet reading his poem. Scroll down for discussion questions and background analysis.

Teaching resources for the Iliad and the Odyssey.

Edward Hopper's House by the Railroad: From Painting to Poem
This lesson invites a close reading of Hopper's painting and Hirsch's poem to explore the types of emotion generated by each work in the viewer or reader, and how the painter and poet each achieved these responses.

Gerard Manley Hopkins
Lesson plans and teaching materials for "God's Grandeur" and other poems.

Study Questions on A. E. Housman
This page includes questions for writing and discussion for the following: "The Loveliest of Trees," "When I was One-and-Twenty," "To an Athlete Dying Young," "On Wenlock Edge," "Terence, This is Stupid Stuff," "The Chestnut Casts his Flambeaux," and "Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries."

"The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
Students compare and contrast "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "John Brown's Body." Lesson includes texts, background information, printable handouts, and learning activities. Adobe Reader required for access.

"The Gate" by Marie Howe
Video of the poet reading her poem, analysis, and teaching tips.

Langston Hughes Teaching Resources
A collection of links related to teaching both poetry and prose.

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