Thursday, October 26, 2006

Great Poems to Teach

Compiled by the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, this list contains 341 poems submitted by teachers who participated in a workshop organized by TWC. Selected for participation by C. K. Williams, teachers applying to the workshop were asked to supply a list of poems which they had successfully taught in high school English and Language Arts classrooms. Poems on Poets.org
Maya Angelou "Alone" "Still I Rise"
Matthew Arnold "Dover Beach"
W. H. Auden "In Memory of W. B. Yeats" "The Unknown Citizen"
Elizabeth Bishop "Filling Station"
William Blake "The Chimney-Sweeper" "The Lamb"> "A Poison Tree"> --> "The Tyger"
David Bottoms "Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump"
Anne Bradstree "The Author to Her Book"
Joseph Brodsky "Odysseus to Telemachus"
Rupert Brooke "The Great Lover"
Gwendolyn Brooks "The Bean Eaters" "the sonnet-ballad" "We Real Cool"
Elizabeth Barrett Browning "How Do I Love Thee?" "My Letters! all dead paper. . . (Sonnet XXVIII)"
Robert Browning "My Last Duchess" "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister"
Lewis Carroll "Jabberwocky"
Siv Cedering "Hands"
Lucille Clifton "homage to my hips (audio only)" "miss rosie" "wishes for sons"
Samuel Taylor Coleridge "Kubla Khan" "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
Hart Crane "To Brooklyn Bridge"
E. E. Cummings "anyone lived in a pretty how town" "Chansons Innocentes: I"
"i sing of Olaf glad and big"
"maggie and milly and molly and may"
"my father moved through dooms of love"
"Spring is like a perhaps hand"
Emily Dickinson "Because I could not stop for Death (712)" "Fame is a fickle food (1659)" "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain (280)" "I heard a Fly buzz (465)" "I taste a liquor never brewed" "I'm Nobody! Who are you? (260)" "There's a certain Slant of light (258)" "To make a prairie (1755)"
John Donne "The Baite"
Denise Duhamel "Buying Stock"
Paul Laurence Dunbar "Sympathy" "We Wear the Mask"
Robert Duncan "Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow"
Ralph Waldo Emerson "The Snow Storm"
Robert Frost "Birches" "Home Burial" "Mending Wall" "The Road Not Taken"
Tess Gallagher "Red Poppy"
Thom Gunn "The Man with Night Sweats"
John Haines "If the Owl Calls Again"
Thomas Hardy "The Darkling Thrush"
George Herbert "The Collar"
Oliver Wendell Holmes "The Chambered Nautilus"
Gerard Manley Hopkins "God's Grandeur" "Pied Beauty" "Spring and Fall: To a young child"
Langston Hughes "Dream Variation" "Dreams" "I, Too, Sing America"
James Weldon Johnson "The Creation" "Go Down, Death"
John Keats "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" "Ode on a Grecian Urn" "To Autumn"
Etheridge Knight "The Idea of Ancestry"
Maxine Kumin "Purgatory" "Woodchucks"
Stanley Kunitz "The Portrait"
Edward Lear "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat"
Denise Levertov "The Secret"
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow "Paul Revere's Ride"
Robert Lowell "For the Union Dead"
Archibald MacLeish "Ars Poetica" "You, Andrew Marvell"
Andrew Marvell "To His Coy Mistress"
Edgar Lee Masters "Lucinda Matlock"
Claude McKay "The Tropics of New York"
Sandra McPherson "Poppies"
Edna St. Vincent Millay "Renascence" "What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why (Sonnet XLIII)"
John Milton "When I Consider How My Light Is Spent"
Marianne Moore "Poetry"
Edgar Allan Poe "Annabel Lee" "The Bells" "Eldorado"
Ezra Pound "In a Station of the Metro" "The River-Merchant's Wife"
Edwin Arlington Robinson "Miniver Cheevy" "Richard Cory"
Carl Sandburg "Fog"
Robert W. Service "The Cremation of Sam McGee"
William Shakespeare "All the World's a Stage" "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun (Sonnet 130)" "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Sonnet 18)"
Percy Bysshe Shelley "Ozymandias"
Charles Simic "Eyes Fastened With Pins" "Watermelons"
Stevie Smith "Not Waving but Drowning"
Gary Snyder "Four Poems for Robin"
May Swenson "Water Picture"
Lord Alfred Tennyson "The Lady of Shalott"
Dylan Thomas "Do not go gentle into that good night"
C├ęsar Vallejo "To My Brother Miguel in memoriam"
Walt Whitman "I Hear America Singing" "Mannahatta" "O Captain! My Captain!" "Song of Myself, I, II, VI & LII" "To You" "When I Heard the Learned Astronomer"
William Carlos Williams "The Red Wheelbarrow" "Spring and All" "This Is Just To Say"
William Wordsworth "The Daffodils" "My Heart Leaps Up" "We Are Seven" "The world is too much with us; late and soon"
W. B. Yeats "Easter 1916" "Leda and the Swan" "The Second Coming"

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