"An Allegory of Poetry" by Auger LucasLearning Poetry: A Simple Guide for Students and Educators The Society May 31, 2021 For Educators, From the Society, Poetry 1 Comment Illuminating yet mysterious, exciting yet elegant: classical poetry never goes out of style. From the lyrics in people’s favorite songs to Robert Frost’s nature-themed poems to Basho’s haiku to Shakespeare’s sonnets to Li Bai’s Tang Dynasty poems to Homer’s epics, the rhythm is there, the rhyming is usually there too—this is the living and breathing culture of classical poetry. Writing classical poetry is surprisingly easy for beginners and students, as you will see below. The first step to really connecting with it, however, is for you to find a poem or poet, dead or living, who resonates with you: Greatest Poems of the Past Greatest Love Poems Poems by High School Students Haiku (by living poets) 31 Sonnets: Renaissance to New Millennial Humorous Poems (by living poets) Poems on Human Rights in China . Teaching Tools Lesson Plan: Teaching Poetry of the Romantic Period Teaching Historical Context: the British Raj and Kipling “White Man’s Burden” A Timeline of English Poetry Notable Quotes on Poetry . Start Writing Students of any age thrive when they have a well-structured environment with clear boundaries and common sense rules on the one hand and opportunities for wide-open creative engagement on the other hand. Classical poetry, also known as formal poetry or traditional poetry, is perfect for this. That’s why it was used as the cornerstone of education in past centuries, as well as in different cultures. It can be as simple as counting syllables in the line (like haiku writing) and, optionally, leads on to more challenging and fun techniques such as rhyming or alliteration. For the ambitious students, it could lead to the use of the English language’s natural stresses to form metrical patterns, such as iambic pentameter, as well as more complex ones such as the one used in Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven.” Here are resources for introducing beginners or students of any age to classical poetry: Introduction to writing classical poetry More advanced use of meter You may also dive right in to the specific forms: Haiku How to write a Haiku Haiku written by contemporary poets Limericks How to write a Limerick Limericks written by contemporary poets Pantoums How to Write a Pantoum Pantoums by contemporary poets Riddles Rhyming riddles written by contemporary poets A Brief History of Riddles Rondeaus How to write a Rondeau Rondeaus written by contemporary poets Rondeau Redoublés Rondeau Redoublé written by contemporary poets Rubaiyats (Persian form) How to write a Rubaiyat Sestinas How to write a Sestina Sestinas written by contemporary poets Sonnets How to write a Sonnet Sonnets by contemporary poets Terza Rimas How to write a Terza Rima Terza Rimas by contemporary poets Villanelles How to write a Villanelle Villanelles by contemporary poets . Further Reading “Freeware Prosody” by Expansive Poetry Online “The Hard Edges of a Poem” by Joseph S. Salemi The Prosody Handbook: A Guide to Poetic Form by Robert Beum and Karl Shapiro Writing Metrical Poetry by William Baer How to Write Classical Poetry by the Society of Classical Poets . . Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) One Response James Sale June 1, 2021 Great resources – well done, Evan – this is all becoming very substantial. It takes a long time to build a cathedral and you have to start one piece at a time! Then people say, “Wow, lucky you, that doesn’t fall down – how did you manage that?’ Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.